Two companies are offering patients a “do-it-yourself” option for orthodontics that makes it possible to straighten teeth without visiting the dentist. However, if you’re interested in clear braces, Denver orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman advises against this approach.
Patients take impressions of their teeth at home and send the trays out by mail. Dentists hired by the company review the impressions and make recommendations on whether or not the patient can benefit from clear braces. Sets of invisible aligners are then mailed to the customer over time to advance the correction process.
The companies advertise their mail-order orthodontics service as a way to save patients money. However, a DIY approach to getting clear braces has many disadvantages over the traditional relationship between dentist and patient, including the absence of:
- In-person, hands-on evaluation of your teeth and bite
- X-rays and other advanced imaging of your jaw
- Ability to identify untreated tooth decay, gum disease, or other problems that could interfere with orthodontic treatment
- Ongoing supervision of your correction process
A founder of one of these clear braces by mail companies claims that customers are “guided all along the way” through the orthodontic process, according to the New York Times. However, the American Association of Orthodontists and individual practitioners alike are criticizing both the potential financial cost and health risk of improper orthodontic care.
Dr. Rudman is committed to the successful correction of each patient’s teeth as well as their overall oral health. To learn more about our Denver clear braces services, please call Advanced Orthodontic Care today at 303-331-0222 for your free consultation.