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There is a new style of orthodontic technology that is becoming increasingly popular. It is based on the Invisalign clear aligner bracing method revolution that has shaped millions of smiles across the globe. Alas, the problem with this new fangled thing is the consumer will receive the aligners in the mail and miss out on trained analysis skills and the keen eye of an expert orthodontist. This article will take you through why direct-to-consumer clear aligners are a dangerous new step for those seeking a beautiful smile.
In short, when seeking orthodontic treatment, you will need an expert to guide you through the stages of change and to know what is happening inside your mouth. It may seem strange but an expert orthodontist knows your own teeth better than you.
Risks of Direct-to-Consumer Aligners
There are risks to behold when considering direct to consumer orthodontics. Largely, these risks stem from inaccuracy in mold taking, this then leads to ill-fitting aligners then onward to imperfect alignment of the teeth. Which when all things are considered, is the opposite to your goal.
The quality of the mold taken, product, and the end result all differ massively between direct-to-consumer braces and in-house expert-derived treatment. The mold, when using direct-to-consumer is done at home, more than likely in your bathroom. You are not experienced in mold taking as the orthodontic assistant teams are, you will find the mold is not exact.
This leads to the product (aligner) not fitting as it should, thus leading to a bad result (unstraight smile.) Finally, you will notice from the Invisalign product you get from an in-house expert, that the aligner is precision molded to your exact tooth line whereas aligners through your door are just cut simply straight across the top and bottom edge.
Why Choose in-house
Firstly, orthodontists train for many years in both dental and further education in things like craniofacial biology. They are expert in all things oral. An expert orthodontist who has been practicing the craft for years, combining past experiences and learned techniques to establish where your teeth will move and can envision the final result.
This plus advice on all things hygiene. Plus, any orthodontic office worth its salt will have an enthusiastic team all the way from the reception upward. In addition, You will have the same professional throughout the treatment process, Finally, they will have all the latest equipment for scanning, fitting, and post care retainer fitting.
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Some Questions to Consider When Deciding on Treatment
- The treatment and fee include x-rays of your teeth and jaws?
- Do the treatment and fee include a clinical examination of your jaw alignment, teeth, bite, and the relationship of your teeth to the skeletal structures?
- The treatment and fee include taking photographs of your face, facial profile, mouth, and teeth?
- Do the treatment and fee include taking digital scans or other impressions of your teeth?
Time Scale of Treatment
Are in-house orthodontics faster than direct-to-consumer aligners? With in-house treatment, you can have resin attachments fitted to speed up the process. Plus, the treatment time will be as described by the expert orthodontist. With direct-to-consumer aligners, the nature of the final product may mean you need further action.
What About Problems
When it comes to issues or emergencies during treatment, there are many things to consider. Will there be an expert orthodontist to help or rectify an issue. And if so whom. Plus what happens and where can you get emergency treatment if your aligners fail or another issue emerges. Is your professional easily contactable?
What About Other Options?
You can arrange a different type of bracing methods. But if you wish to follow the clear aligner route, you only have expert orthodontists or direct-to-consumer to choose from.
What About After Care
After your treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer. With Direct-to-Consumer aligners this is completely missing. Your retainer will be fitted and treated by an expert orthodontist, so you can go off an be confident your new smile you worked so hard on will remain.
Oral Health During Treatment
When undergoing bracing treatment your mouth undergoes many changes. Your gums and teeth move. Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material. If this is not supervised or done correctly leads to a possible irreversible and very expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.
The AAO Cometh
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) are very worried about Direct-to-Consumer braces. They do not conform to any industry standards and fall short when patient issues arise. The AAO site lack of supervision as the main concern among others.
Contact us Today
Dr. Schulhof approaches orthodontics in a way that is rarely done in his field. Whether you need regular oral treatment, sublingual braces, or clean liners like Invisalign, he will provide you with personalized or individualized treatment. The Schulhof Center staff looks into the natural shape of the mouth of each patient and customizes the treatment and wires, resulting in the best results.
Dr. Schulhof believes that working closely with patients will provide them with the best treatment plan tailored specifically for their needs. Accordingly, visit The Schulhof Center in New Jersey or New York. They will help you get on the path towards a healthier you.
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Dr Schulhof graduated with high honours from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his specialty training from Columbia University.
His early interest in lingual orthodontics has led to him becoming the top provider for Incognito in the U.S. and the world. Dr Schulhof was part of the LingualCare Clinical Advisory Board and is now a Key Opinion Leader for 3M and Incognito. He has presented lectures on lingual orthodontics throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Dr Schulhof is also active in research and development and was a major contributor to the development of Incognito Lite. Recently, New Jersey Orthodontist Dr Schulhof has opened a satellite practice in NYC.