If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Many new companies have emerged claiming to straighten your teeth without seeing a dentist in just six months, which might tempt you to order clear plastic braces online. While this DIY style of treatment may work sometimes, it may end up doing more harm than good in many situations.
What are Mail Order Braces?
Mail order braces are clear plastic aligners that are made to fit your teeth and try to move them. The company sends you some materials to take your own impression at home and has you send a photo of your smile. Using just these records, plastic aligners are made and delivered, with instructions from the manufacturer for when to change or switch from one to the next.
What is Wrong with Mail Order Braces?
Mail order braces have worked in some situations, but many conditions require corrective steps that only a licensed dentist can perform. These conditions include teeth that are crowded as well as teeth that are rotated, which are conditions that are predictably treated by a dentist certified in Invisalign®.
Before you begin your teeth straightening journey, it is important to have a dental checkup, including x-rays, in order to make sure you don’t have any cavities or infections of the teeth and gums, which could worsen or interfere with your treatment. Seeing a professional periodically throughout your treatment allows minor adjustments to be made based on how your teeth are responding to the treatment.
Finally, after treatment with mail order braces is completed, there is nobody making sure that your bite is correct and that your teeth are matching up properly. This can lead to serious issues down the road, like cracking teeth and TMJ pain.
A Certified Invisalign® Provider
Dr. Joseph Musselman is a certified Invisalign® provider. He has the education and experience to give you a beautiful smile with clear aligners from Invisalign®. There are some things you just don’t want to DIY, and your smile is one of them.
If you would like more information regarding Invisalign®, or any other type of cosmetic or restorative dentistry, call and talk to a team member from Musselman Dentistry today.