Many people may consider or even choose mail-order aligners to try and save money.
Unfortunately, this often does not work out as well as hoped. We want you to know that the cost difference between Invisalign doctor-led treatment vs. mail-order aligners is not as much as you might think.
Since West Grande Prairie Dental offers completely FREE, No Obligation Invisalign consultations, and since we have several easy-approved financing options, there is no reason not to schedule your Free, no obligation Invisalign consultation
Invisalign® Braces vs. Mail-Order Aligners
Mail-order aligners are exactly what they sound like: aligners, ordered by mail, that are intended to straighten your teeth. This industry is called teledentistry, which initially began when communication technology assisted medical professionals, including dentists.
Unfortunately, this industry has become increasingly commercialized. Companies that provide mail-order aligners are just that: companies, not dental professionals. In efforts to reduce costs, these companies often use a “one size fits all” approach to aligners, which can put your smile, bite, and teeth at risk!
The American Dental Association and The American Association of Orthodontists caution against using these mail-order companies. They recently issued statements reminding patients and providers that realigning teeth is a medical procedure and needs to be directly supervised by a trained medical professional. Improper treatment can result in the loss of teeth and costly dental complications.
These aligners also do not have many of the necessary features to create your straight smile like Invisalign Attachments. These small bumps of composite work like handles so that the trays can snap over the teeth and make more complex movements occur. Without this essential feature, the treatment time will be longer and will not provide the expected results.
Beware of Extra Costs.
You may need to pay for separate x-rays, scans, or impressions.
With in-person orthodontic consultation at West Grande Prairie Dental, your teeth are inspected thoroughly by our dental professionals before you get your clear braces—which is all included with your treatment cost.
If mail-order aligners are causing you discomfort or you suspect a problem, they will charge you for additional information such as x-rays, digital scans, or impressions. Not only is this an extra charge, but it’s also an extra hassle. At West Grande Prairie Dental, our dentist would have taken care of all this before corrective orthodontic treatment!
Your Impressions May Be Faulty
Quite often, you will never see a dentist face-to-face. You’ll send in a single set of do-it-yourself dental impressions for your aligners.
Physical impressions are uncomfortable to get done and easy to mess up—even for dental professionals. If there’s any problem with your impressions, it can set your whole treatment off course. One miscalculation could add more problems than the aligners solve. That’s a lot of risk and pressure to put on yourself!
You can avoid this all with the Invisalign system! We don’t even use goopy physical teeth impressions; instead, we use high-quality, professionally-taken 3D digital scans of your teeth to get as precise of measurement for your aligners as possible.
Clear Braces May Not Work For Everyone
Invisalign clear aligners are meant to correct the most common orthodontic issues and concerns—but clear braces may not be for everyone.
West Grande Prairie Dental is a practice that prides itself on providing comfortable and comprehensive care to you and your loved ones. This is why we are so thorough during our consultations, including Invisalign treatment. We can help determine whether clear braces are the best means to get you the amazing smile you deserve.
Mail-order aligners lack this precaution and downplay the safety risks of using dental appliances like aligners when it isn’t recommended. Not only will using clear aligners improperly potentially damage your teeth, but it can alter your jaw and facial features as well.
Mail Order Treatment Is Not Monitored when it Comes to Straightening Your Teeth; Accuracy is Critical and Essential.
If you order your aligners by mail, there can’t be any treatment monitoring or easily adjustable solutions if your teeth start shifting into unexpected positions. This leaves you with very few options if you aren’t seeing the right results or experiencing dental discomfort.
A clear braces treatment can impact not only your teeth but also your jaw and facial structure.
This is why monitoring and oversight are so important. Detecting and adjusting your Invisalign treatment plan is easy for well-equipped offices like West Grande Prairie Dental.
Can Mail-Order Aligners Mess Up My Bite?
Yes—over 2,300 unhappy customers have filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau due to poor results with mail-order aligners.
Here are some news reports about things that can go wrong with mail-order aligners. We advise you to follow the advice of the American Dental Association and see a dentist in person, or at the very least, do tons of research before you plan otherwise!
- Testing SmileDirectClub: Hidden camera investigation
- NBC News – Smile Direct Club Patients Report Painful Problems
- New York Times – Smile Direct Club Customer Dissatisfaction
- The Hill – Tooth Straightening at Home Poses Serious Risks
- Fox Business – Dentists at Smile Direct Club Risks Losing Licenses
- ‘Things didn’t feel right’: Some SmileDirectClub customers report problems.
- AG Racine Sues SmileDirectClub for Making Consumers Sign Confidentiality Agreements to Receive Promised Refunds.
- I got an opinion from an orthodontist after signing up with SmileDirectClub.
- Is Smile Direct Club a SCAM?
Now that you have seen why you should probably not risk mail-order aligners, let us show you how doctor-led and supervised Invisalign clear aligners will work to change your life!
We will show you the benefits of Invisalign clear braces, show you a simulation of what your new smile can look like, and talk to you about cost and all our financing options.
Call Now to Schedule Your FREE Invisalign Consultation!
At West Grande Prairie Dental, we want to help you reach all your dental care goals and get the straight, elegant, sparkling smile you’ve always dreamed of. With Invisalign clear aligners, that new amazing smile can quickly and discreetly be obtained without disrupting your day-to-day life. If this interests you or a loved one, contact us for your completely FREE, no-obligation Invisalign consultation!
There’s no need to wait another day for the amazing smile you have always dreamed of! Call (780) 833-8600 Now! Our Friendly Staff is Ready to Schedule Your Absolutely FREE, No Obligation Invisalign Consultation!