Mail-Order Orthodontics and Danger (5 REASONS TO AVOID THEM)

Mail-order orthodontics is a relatively new type of orthodontic treatment that is available online. Many companies offer these braces to people who have problems such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, and other issues.  However, these braces fall short in several areas. It’s always best to see an orthodontist up close and in the office. Here’s a little bit more information about the mail-order orthodontics. In this post, we’ll show you all the facts on mail-order orthodontics and why they fall short. Let’s get cracking.



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About Getting Do It Yourself Dental Braces

The teeth-straightening products that companies sell for braces for DIY are not traditional metal braces and brackets. Most of the time, these companies offer plastic aligners that may be similar to the Invisalign product. Because they’re only offering plastic aligners, there are a lot of complex situations that they cannot handle.

The mail-order aligners system is only for slight to medium issues. Any issues that are more complex than that should be referred to a skilled orthodontist for orthodontic treatment and under a bespoke treatment plan.


How Braces at Home Work

As previously mentioned, not everyone who wants straight teeth is suitable for mail-order aligners. An interested person will first have to order an impression kit and then take impressions in their bathrooms of the teeth. If the company is reputable, it will send detailed instructions explaining how the person can take impressions of his or her teeth.

Once the prospective client is done taking the impressions, that person will mail the package back to the dental office or orthodontic office. An expert will review the impressions and any pictures that the person sends of his or her teeth. The specialist will be able to tell the individual that the person can receive mail-order care or the do-it-yourself dental braces.

If the person is suitable for the treatment, then the lab will make aligners based on the impressions and send the first set of aligners to the patient. The patient will wear the aligners for the specified amount of time, and then the second set of aligners should arrive when that time is up. This process will continue until the treatment is finished. Treatment time varies according to the severity of the problem, and other factors such as mail delivery time and so on.

The aligners can easily come off anytime that you need to eat, brush your teeth or just clean the aligners themselves. A lot of the aligners only have to be worn for 22 hours a day. So you have two hours every day to take them out of your mouth and do whatever you need to do.

Where Aligners Fall Short

The do-it-yourself mail-order clear aligner systems fall short in a lot of areas. It’s a decent concept for someone who has no transportation to the orthodontist or wants to save money. One problem with the mail-order system is that the orthodontist doesn’t get to examine the patient physically and apply a treatment plan. There are things that the dental professional can see during the physical examination that he cannot see with the impressions.


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Also, they don’t do mail-order X-rays. The only thing the patient sends is a set of impressions and some pictures that the patient took himself or herself. Orthodontic patients are not usually skilled photographers, so the pictures may not be that good. All of these things can cause the lab to create a set of aligners that are not as precise as they could be.

Secondly, the mail-order system is not perfect. A shipment can get held up, which means the patient will have to wait on a second or third set of aligners. Timing means a lot when someone is using the aligner system. The individual needs to put the new aligners in when the time for the last set is up.

Another problem that comes up with the mail-order system is that if something is wrong, the person will have to wait for the mail again if he or she does not live close to a physical branch or location. Furthermore, the patient just doesn’t have access to orthodontic advice and immediate problem solving like the person would have if he or she just went into a physical location.

AAO Opinion

For 18 months, the AAO has aggressively and proactively been warning consumers to be wary of various “do-it-yourself orthodontic” procedures when it comes to orthodontic care. These procedures have been popularized on social media, with many showing young adults attempting to move their teeth with rubber bands, paperclips, and inappropriate use of orthodontic appliances without the personal evaluation and care of an orthodontic specialist.

The AAO believes that orthodontic care should always be performed under the direct supervision of an orthodontist. Regular orthodontic check-ups throughout treatment best serve the patient and allow the treating orthodontist to monitor not only tooth movement but also the patient’s overall oral health, including hygiene issues that may impact treatment decisions.

The AAO is a professional association of orthodontists dedicated to, among other things, “improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest.” Your health and well-being are extremely important. Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service.

When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, you are assured that your orthodontist spent years in a post-doctoral residency program focused on providing orthodontic treatment to patients.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having an in-person consultation with a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Find an AAO orthodontist near you.

Visit a Physical Location

Mail-order orthodontic systems sure have flaws. It’s always best to come into a physical location and receive personalized care from an orthodontist. The primary goal is to create the most accurate and precise treatment system that you can get and reduce your treatment time but still get maximum results. In-person visits for orthodontics will give you way more advantages than trying to do it by mail-order.



Schedule Your Orthodontic Appointment

If you feel that you or your precious one needs orthodontic treatment, make sure to refer to Kyle R. Childers Orthodontics for care. The office has several treatment methods such as Invisalign, Sure Smile, traditional braces, and much more. The office has been in business for many years, and many patients have been delighted with the services. They are experts in all things oral health and can advise on the dangers of mail-order braces.

You can schedule a treatment consultation by calling one of the offices, sending in a short form, or completing an appointment request. The journey to straighten your smile will start there.

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Mail-Order Orthodontics and Danger (5 REASONS TO AVOID THEM)

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