Looking back a decade ago, it would probably seem preposterous that you could order orthodontic treatment online.
Today, however, almost anything is accessible with the simple click of a mouse pad.
In a society when there is an expectation to do everything rapidly from your own taxes to ordering groceries, to be drawn to a promise to straighten teeth fast through online means doesn’t appear so strange. There is, however, a catch 22 when it comes to quick online options, one that professional orthodontists strongly caution consumers.
Beware: The Promise to Straighten Teeth Fast Does Not Come Without Risk
With our high reliance and obsession with technology, we humans now have less of an attention span than goldfish (eight seconds)! It’s not surprising that we would embrace the idea of an online solution to our orthodontic needs. Many direct-to-consumer orthodontic aligner companies promise to straighten teeth fast, while also saving you money by cutting out the fees associated with visiting a brick-and-mortar orthodontist. The big question at play: Are they able to fulfill their promises? Generally no, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
In a recent consumer alert, the AAO warned consumers that in purchasing online orthodontic solutions in the form of aligners that straighten teeth fast and cheaper, they may be putting their health at risk. The warning encompasses the idea that unless you’re an orthodontist who is required to undergo several years of education and field training even beyond dental school, how can you possibly know if you’re a candidate for the aligners, in satisfactory health to use the straightening devices, or that the movement of teeth is progressing properly?
“‘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. Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite.’” – AAO consumer alert on DIY orthodontic devices
Get the Full Benefits an Orthodontic Aligner Can Provide (the Right Way!)
With the educated, skilled, experienced eye and hand of an orthodontist, invisible aligners such as Invisalign can safely and effectively straighten teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. And, compared to traditional braces, Invisalign often can straighten teeth fast, but there are even more advantages of utilizing orthodontic-prescribed aligners, including:
- Customizable trays made specifically for you based on a thorough examination by your orthodontist
- Only a few office visits need to be made once your orthodontist provides you with a set of aligners to be switched out every one to two weeks
- You can still brush and floss like normal
- Carrots, apples, popcorn, and candy are still on the table!
- There are no brackets or poking wires to contend with
- The invisible aligners can be taken out when you eat
Having an orthodontist implement your Invisalign treatment will provide you with the comfort and assurance of knowing that your teeth are being straightened in a safe, effective manner.
Yardley Orthodontics Specializes in Safe Teeth Straightening
Dr. James Riesenberger has extensive experience with treating patients with Invisalign. As a premier provider of Invisalign, he’s now helped over 800 cases. Dr. Riesenberger and the entire Yardley Orthodontics team are dedicated to ensuring you receive professional, friendly, and effective treatment. We are here to help you straighten teeth fast, but most importantly to provide informed, safe treatment to make sure your ultimate goal is obtained without compromising your health.
If you’d like to know more about Invisalign treatment or any other services we offer, please call us today, 215-968-5471.