With the popularity of mail-order, do-it-yourself clear aligners getting bigger by the day, your dentist wanted to weigh in before you begin treatment. The price of these DIY aligners can be appealing at first, costing a fraction of what you’d find with aligners from Invisalign. However, the saying “You get what you pay for” really rings true based on what’s happened to many buyers of these services already.
Here’s why you should always go to your dentist in Colorado Springs when you want a straighter smile without the use of metal braces.
Mail-Order Aligners are Already Causing Problems
If it sounds like something is too good to be true, it typically is, including for mail-order aligner companies like SmileDirectClub. Unfortunately, many patients are already experiencing problems with their clear aligners. One report states that a woman who started using the service mentioned that the aligners were far too tight and began cutting into her gums. This exposed part of her tooth near the root, which can put the tooth at a much higher risk of infection.
Of course, she isn’t the only person having issues with her experience. According to the Better Business Bureau, 205 consumer complaints have been made against the company over the last three years, as reported in late 2017. Patients need to understand that choosing a cheaper method isn’t going to protect them from complications that can appear later, but seeing a dentist will.
Multiple Organizations are Advising Against Them
When it comes to DIY aligners, you don’t have to take only the consumers’ word for it. Multiple professional organizations in the dental industry have strong words for these types of products. The American Association of Orthodontics, which represents 19,000 members, are exercising high caution for patients attempting to realign teeth on their own. “Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of teeth and gums can result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems,” they state on their website.
The American Dental Association also strongly discourages the use of these aligners. They even created a policy specifically addressing the issue of self-managed orthodontic treatment. “This new policy supports the importance of dentists being in charge of diagnosing and treating patients to ensure safe delivery of appropriate care,” says Dr. Craig Ratner, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.
You Need a Medical Professional Present for Treatment
At the end of the day, the use of clear aligners is considered a medical procedure. Without the supervision and expertise to, not only evaluate a patient’s oral health, but manage and make adjustments to a patients’ ongoing treatment, people are putting their oral health at great risk. In conclusion, professional supervision is necessary for all phases of orthodontic treatment, for providing continuous care, and making adjustments to ensure their outcome is successful.
Want to get started straightening teeth the right way? Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to learn more about Invisalign in Colorado Springs.
About the Author
Dr. Ken Gasper is a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, teaches modern functional orthodontic techniques, and is fully-trained in performing complete dental reconstruction with the use of orthodontics. He also offers many payment options to make the cost of care easier to fulfil. To learn more about these payment plans or about his orthodontic treatments, contact him through his website.