Are All Clear Aligners Alike?
If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. They offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are nearly invisible.
Millions of people have aligned their teeth with aligners in the past twenty years since they were developed.
We at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ are here to guide you through the process.
Invisalign pioneered clear aligner orthodontics. Established in 1997, Invisalign has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world.
Invisalign (as with the other types) uses virtual modeling software to create custom aligners formed specifically for your teeth.
First, you’ll start with a consultation where we will look at your teeth. They will work with you to determine which Invisalign treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, they will set you up with aligners that are tailor-made for you.
It’s vital to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ will be with you every step of the way.
SmileDirectClub (And Other At-Home Systems)
Though we don’t recommend this system, let’s talk about the “mail-order orthodontics” products. We are including an explanation of SmileDirectClub and other at-home systems so you’ll understand their potential potential dangers and limitations.
SmileDirectClub provides custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They advertise an average cost savings of 60% of orthodontist-administered Invisalign and similar system. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.
All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your dentist creates the scan in their office.
With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” for a scan. There are SmileShops in every U.S. state but you may have to make a long trip. They also serve you with you the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.
Your treatment is supposedly supervised by a dentist or orthodontist—but you don’t visit them in person. Your dentist doesn’t take X-rays or examine your progress.
Because of this, we don’t recommend these types of systems. Your smile is too important to use a DIY approach. Your teeth could end up worse than before! The problems could be pricey to correct. In a worst-case situation, you could experience irreversible damage.
The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have published warnings against at-home orthodontics.
We at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ your smile and aligner experience.
Schedule a consultation with us to determine which system is best for you. We serve patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa and include general dentistry, laser dentistry, and gum disease treatment among our services as well.
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