Are Mail Order Dental Aligners For You?

It’s a given that everyone likes straight, white, healthy teeth. When it comes to straightening, the Placerville Dental Group uses the latest computerized technology from Invisalign to straighten your teeth with a well-researched, customized dental plan, designed to provide the best results. We have noticed the increase in popularity, however, of “do-it-yourself” (DIY) orthodontic treatments in the form of mail order plastic aligners. Mail order aligners may seem like an economical option for patients on limited budgets, but are they worth the risk?

The Shaky Promise of Stellar Results with Big Discounts

If you would like to improve your smile but have been wondering if Invisalign is worth it, what should you be aware of if you’re tempted by mail order ads promising stellar results and big discounts? The American Association of Orthodontists has this to say: “Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems.” [italics ours] It also says that treatment for aligning teeth should be personally overseen by a qualified professional and therefore strongly cautions against the use of DIY dental aligners and other mail order orthodontic treatments.

The American Dental Association agrees and says that there is a “need to take steps to educate patients about the potential pitfalls of self-managed orthodontic treatment. This new policy supports the importance of dentists being in charge of diagnosing and treating patients to ensure the safe delivery of appropriate care.”

The Placerville Dental Group wants you to have the best smile possible! We understand many of our patients seeking smile correction are on limited budgets, but we also want to protect you from big disappointment and dental problems. Only professionally monitored orthodontic care provides a reasonable guarantee of safe and successful results. If you or a family member are interested in dental aligners, like Invisalign, or other forms of orthodontic treatment, contact our local Placerville dental professionals for personal service. We also provide in-office financing for those with limited budgets to make the healthy smile of their dreams a reality.


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