What is the difference between getting Invisalign with a dentist vs online DIY aligners?
Hi, my name is Pamela, and I’m the Co-Owner and Practice Manager here at the Northern Dental Design at Epping in Melbourne.
Have you seen the ads on Instagram saying that you don’t have to see a dentist and you can get straight teeth with the do-it-yourself aligners? You must think to yourself, “Why do I need to go into a clinic when I can straighten my own teeth?”
Well, today, I would like to share with you the four differences between going to see a dentist to straighten your teeth versus DIY aligners.
Not everyone is a candidate for clear aligner systems. By having a qualified dentist to look at your teeth will help you assess if you’re suitable for Invisalign treatment. You want to make sure that all underlying problems are getting treated before you go ahead with straightening your teeth. This will not be done with DIY aligners, as they are not qualified dentists who can give you those assessments.
The guarantee. The guarantee that you will get when you work with a dentist for Invisalign treatment. Your dentist will plan the movement of each tooth, and always monitor your progress and know what to do if the teeth are not tracking. Your dentist will be able to make the adjustments where needed, to give you the best final result. Do you know what the result will be with DIY aligners in most cases? Did you know that you need to sign a waiver saying, no matter the outcome, you will pay them the full fee?
Attachments. With Invisalign, your dentist can place attachments on the teeth that will help the movement of your teeth by applying pressure on the required areas. This helps the teeth to move more accurately, therefore giving you the best result. As for DIY aligners, there are no attachments, so the tray will have nothing to hold onto. This means, the results may not be accurate and it may take a longer period for you to get results. Or may cause you to not get the movement you envisioned.
The reputable brands. Invisalign is a reputable brand and has done over 6 million cases globally with the highest quality materials used. No other brands can understand how they have produced such high-quality material.
So if you are considering orthodontic treatment, please remember to ask all the important questions and know the company you are choosing.
I hope this gives you a little bit more insight into what some differences are between the two. If you are looking at straightening your teeth, we would love to help. Why not give us a call, send us a direct message on social media, or complete the enquiry form on our website, and we will help you organise your complimentary Invisalign consultation. We look forward to meeting you.
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