The commercials make them look enticing, but you’re better off with a local orthodontist.
When it comes to oral health care, safety and quality are of high importance. In a real-life orthodontic visit, we closely examine and document the position and health of your teeth which is crucial in providing the highest level of care. When you order teeth aligners online, there is no in-person exam. This leaves you open to a host of problems, from bite issues to gum disease. Plus, you may not get the desired straightening result you wanted in the first place.
As orthodontists, we are constantly looking out for our patient’s comfort. Online aligner companies use gooey, old-fashioned impression kits that are a thing of the past in our office, where we use digital scanning to get ultra precise measurements.
Let’s not forget that orthodontic treatment is moving your teeth, which calls for X-rays. We’re also seeing you for regular adjustments, about every 6 to 8 weeks, to ensure your teeth are moving according to your unique treatment plan. And if our patients have a pokey wire, loose bracket or other discomfort, we see them as soon as possible to address the issue.
As for cost, it’s probably not saving you much in the long run. Do your teeth a favor and see us for a free consultation before shopping online.
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Ana Castilla, DDS, MS is a board-certified, Oregon-based orthodontist. She is passionate about helping patients attain their perfect smile, so they can live their lives to the fullest!