Many people these days are looking for a quick and inexpensive fix for dental problems. This often leads people to consider online clear aligners or other "online-only" dental products, but you should think twice before doing so.These online services are targeting cost-conscious consumers, but they don't provide the same quality of care or results that you would get from a professional dentist.
In this article, we'll explain why you should avoid online clear aligners and online dental products, and what you should do instead. We'll discuss the differences between online clear aligners and professional services like Invisalign®, and the benefits of professional monitoring of your aligner treatment. We'll also provide some advice from our professional dentist about what to do if you're considering Invisalign treatment. So, if you're looking to get the best results for your dental problems, keep reading!
Professional vs. Online Clear Aligners
Online clear aligners are marketed to cost-conscious consumers who want a quick and inexpensive fix for their dental problems. However, they don't provide the same level of results you would get from Invisalign. Professional Invisalign treatments are carefully monitored by a dentist, who can adjust the treatment if something isn't working as expected or if there are any issues. This ensures that the treatment is on track and effective, whereas online services without professional guidance may result in having to start all over again at your own expense.
The Risks of Using Online Clear Aligners
Using online clear aligners without the supervision of a dentist can lead to several risks, including:
- Aggravated underlying conditions: Using online clear aligners without proper dental supervision can exacerbate existing dental issues such as gum disease, dental decay, and abscesses.
- Tooth loss: Unsupervised teeth straightening plans may move teeth too quickly, increasing the risk of tooth loss due to underlying and undetected oral health issues.
- Bite issues: At-home teeth straightening can result in bite problems, causing long-term TMJ pain and migraines.
- Ineffective treatment: Some users may experience little to no tooth movement, resulting in the need to seek expert help at a later date to achieve the desired results.
- Inadequate examination: Online teeth aligners typically don't involve a comprehensive dental examination prior to fitting, which would determine if the teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment. This may result in undetected tooth decay, root resorption (loss of hard and soft dental tissue), or gum disease.
- Inaccurate fit: Receiving aligners through the mail means users don't have the chance to try them on before use. This can lead to wearing aligners that don't fit properly, causing pain, discomfort, and potentially ineffective treatment.
- Long-term damage: Dentists have warned that using clear aligners ordered online can cause permanent damage, such as weakened teeth, that may affect a person's ability to bite into hard foods like apples.
- At-home aligners may not be as cost effective as they seem: While the initial cost may be lower, if the treatment doesn't go as planned, individuals may end up spending more money on fixing the problems caused by at home aligners.
- DIY teeth straightening kits can be dangerous: Unsupervised at home teeth straightening or DIY teeth aligners could have negative effects on speech, chewing, swallowing or even breathing.
Quality of Care
When it comes to dental health, high quality care is essential for achieving better health outcomes. We believe in a person-centered care model that emphasizes the relationship and connection between you and your dentist. This model can help improve oral health as an integral part of overall health.
Practicing good dental health is important for maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums. It also helps with one's appearance and quality of life. Dental health professionals, including periodontists, orthodontists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons, can help address various dental issues and prevent complications from arising. Going with a DIY solution for your alignment issues can simply be another way to avoid coming in to see your dentist – and this can lead to many other problems over time. If you have anxiety about seeing a dentist, please contact us and let us show you how our gentle and supportive care helps patients overcome dental anxiety and improve their smile and oral health.
Professional monitoring of Invisalign progress is critical for achieving desired results. A dentist will monitor the treatment to identify any issues and adjust it accordingly, if needed. This ensures that the treatment is on track and effective. Regular check-ups can also help in detecting any potential oral health issues which could hinder the effectiveness of the treatment.
A dentist should always be consulted prior to undergoing any dental treatment, including Invisalign. It's best to skip the online services and visit a professional, like us, to ensure the treatment is done right from the start. This will save time, money, and potential complications in the long run.
We do understand that for some patients, cost is a very important factor. That's why we offer multiple financing options to help reduce your up-front cost while still ensuring you have access to the very best alignment solution for your overall health.
Steinway Family Dental Center High-Quality Dental Services
At Steinway Family Dental Center, we are committed to providing the highest quality of dental care to our clients. That's why when we provide clear aligners or any other dental treatment, we also conduct thorough examinations to detect and handle any and all oral health issues that could impact the success of your treatment.
Dental problems can have a significant impact on an individual's overall health and quality of life. While online clear aligners or online dental products may seem like a quick and inexpensive fix, they don't provide the same outcome, and can even be harmful. Professional Invisalign treatments are carefully monitored by a dentist, who can customize the treatment for you and address any issues that may come up along the way.
It's best to skip the online services and visit the professionals, like our team at Steinway Family Dental Center, to ensure your treatment is done right from the start. This will save time, money, and potential complications in the long run. Our team is committed to providing high-quality dental care tailored to each individual's needs. With regular check-ups and preventive oral health habits, you can enjoy your smile without worry!