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Should You Try At-Home Aligners?

How Many Ads for At-Home Teeth Straightening Devices Have You Seen?

It’s nearly impossible to scroll through social media or watch anything online without seeing an ad that promises straight teeth from the comfort of your own home at a fraction of the price your orthodontist has quoted you.

Maybe you’ve considered it, but one question has stopped you from making the purchase…

Are at Home Aligners Safe?

The at-home treatment option is marketed as the more affordable option. But it is also more dangerous. It’s not monitored by a licensed professional who has years of education and experience behind them to help you get the best results.

DIY aligners can move your teeth too quickly, in a way that your body isn’t used to. The speed your teeth can move at is a biological process. If you try to rush it, your teeth may become detached from the bone.

You’re also at risk of serious, and sometimes irreversible conditions like:

  • Broken teeth
  • Nerve damage
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Joint disintegration
  • Bone and tooth loss

At-home aligners usually only treat the front six teeth; the ones you get from an orthodontist help all of your teeth to work together properly, leaving you with a functional bite. An orthodontist will also make sure that they take your face, profile, soft tissue, bone, and teeth into consideration when fitting you properly for aligners.

Are at Home Aligners Safe?

Years ago, the only way to get straight teeth were braces.

But dentistry has evolved. Now you can get the same results in a more discreet way with the help of clear orthodontic aligners. Typically you’d work with your dentist and/or orthodontist to create a customized treatment plan.

When you work one-on-one with a professional, you’re likely getting a consultation at the beginning of the process. If you choose the DIY route, you’re missing that crucial step. The consultation is a perfect opportunity to determine key pieces of information, like whether you’re a good candidate for aligners, or if you have any problem areas that should be addressed before going forward with the process.

When you go the DIY route, you won’t receive mid-treatment support from someone who has been there from the very beginning. If you have to visit your dentist while using the at-home method, they won’t have the full background of your treatment history. You may miss telling them key information that can help them treat any problems that may come up.

There is also the very real possibility that you may not receive aligners that fit properly. Not only would such aligners be ineffective, you may find yourself in a lot of pain or discomfort that could send you to the place you were trying to avoid: the dentist’s office.

Are You Looking for a Healthy Way To Improve Your Smile?

There are many DIY dentistry companies that promise amazing results, but very few of them actually deliver on those promises. If you want the smile of your dreams, you need to work with someone with the experience and education to help you achieve your goals. Reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens to learn more about clear aligners and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

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