Caution: DIY vs. Professional Clear Aligners

In a world where there’s a how-to video for just about everything, families are able to take on all kinds of projects at home. But some things are best left to the professionals – like your orthodontic treatment. Those DIY teeth-straightening trays may seem like a quick and easy way to a healthier smile, but there can be serious consequences for skipping the orthodontist’s office. Here are three reasons to consider making an appointment before buying in:

  1. One Size Does Not Fit All

    When it comes to something as personal as your smile, it’s important to work with a professional to outline what your goals really are. Maybe you want to close a gap, or straighten only your most noticeable teeth, or perhaps you want the perfect Hollywood smile. Everyone is different when it comes to the look and feel of their smile, which means a do-it-yourself kit may not get you where you want to be.

  2. Time and Price

    The #1 reason people opt for an at-home program vs. going to their orthodontist is the belief that they will save time and/or money. That is almost always false! With insurance, flexible payment plans, and different levels of treatment, Invisalign has never been more affordable. And if you want to work through your treatment as quickly as possible, an orthodontist can monitor your progress closely and make changes based on your progress, rather than a pre-determined program.

  3. Overall Oral Health

    The appearance of your smile is certainly important, however, there are a lot of other things to consider when it comes to your mouth’s health. While an orthodontist straightens your teeth, he or she also considers the spacing in your mouth, potential medical issues like TMJ/TMD, and how your clear aligners are affecting your gums and jaw.

If you’re wanting to straighten your smile in a convenient and discreet way, Invisalign may be the perfect fit for you! Schedule a consultation to work with an experienced orthodontist at Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics to guarantee your best, most beautiful smile.

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