At Roy Dental Care in Roy UT we get it, because it sounds so simple. It sounds reasonably priced. It sounds convenient.
You order a kit online. It is delivered to your door. You take an impression of your teeth in the comfort of your home. Or you stop by the clinic and have the impression taken. The company sends you clear aligners to straighten your teeth. And it’s inexpensive, compared to professional aligners!
In 2013, SmileDirect Club became the first company to offer self-directed teeth straightening. The fact that they are being sued by users all over the U.S. should tell you something.
Everything that’s wrong with at-home aligner systems
The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have published warnings about the hazards of direct-to-consumer orthodontics.
“Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.” (American Association of Orthodontists)
SmileDirectClub was the first company to offer DIY aligners. They provide custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They tout an average cost savings of over 50% of the rate of traditional aligners administered by an orthodontist. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.
All aligner systems use a 3D image of your teeth. With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” to get a scan. SmileDirect advertises that there are SmileShops in every U.S. state. They also provide the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.
You can send a selfie of your teeth. Think about that. Selfies are for vacations. Are they a substitute for the know-how of a specialist who attended dental school and several years of orthodontics training?
At Roy Dental Care in Roy UT, we offer Invisalign clear braces, a proven name in aligners. Patients from Clinton, Layton, and Hooper love the results. Invisalign aligners are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. Schedule an appointment today!
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