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The Downside of “Do-it-Yourself” Clear Aligners

September 12, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_lewis @ 3:53 pm

A woman with a clear plastic tray.After years of living with a compromised smile, you’re ready to straighten your teeth! You’ve heard about clear plastic aligners that can give you a more beautiful smile with discretion. You’ve also heard about new companies that provide these aligners by mail. While the cost savings is interesting, you wonder if you should contact your dentist before deciding about this treatment? The answer is – yes, and here’s why.

Your Oral Health Could be at Risk

When you consider orthodontic treatment, it’s important to get a full examination from your dentist or orthodontist. If you have tooth decay, cavities, or any issues with the health of your gums, these conditions should be treated prior to starting orthodontic treatment in order to protect your oral health and avoid further damage to your teeth.

Don’t Trust a Sight Unseen Diagnosis

When you receive Invisalign treatment, your doctor is using 3D technology to plan your treatment and determine the best way to align your teeth. With a “do-it-yourself” system, you are trusting a dentist to diagnose your case with only a picture, not a thorough examination, x-rays, and photos. You may not be getting the best diagnosis for your needs.

No Regular Checkups

With aligners by mail, you won’t have regular checkups with your dentist to ensure that your treatment is progressing properly. These visits are important to monitor both your oral health and the movement of your teeth.

You could be Wasting Your Money

Orthodontics with plastic aligners isn’t the right treatment for every patient. If the results of your “do-it-yourself” orthodontics are not what you hoped for, it’s likely that your money is lost. You could also end up incurring additional costs if you should need teeth repaired with your dentist after your treatment is completed.

How Invisalign Can Help

Getting Invisalign means you are working with a trusted and certified Invisalign provider. They will spend time examining your teeth and taking x-rays to ensure the health of your roots. They can also tell you if this type of treatment is right for your needs. Invisalign can’t correct complex bite issues, and it may not achieve great results for every patient.

It’s in your best interest to get the diagnosis and opinion of your dentist before starting any type of orthodontic treatment.

About the Author

For over thirty years, Dr. Richard Lewis has been delivering high quality dentistry to patients in Burlington, MA. He’s assembled a team of specialists including a pediatric dentist and periodontist to ensure that all of your family’s needs are met here at his practice.

Dr. Lewis is also a certified Invisalign provider who can help you achieve the straighter, more beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a safe and effective manner. If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign, you can reach Dr. Lewis on his website or at 781-825-1103.

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