Dangers of mail order aligners

Dangers of mail order aligners

Over the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people looking to improve the appearance of their smile quickly and discreetly using options like clear braces and clear aligner therapy.

There are however some things the team at College Dental Surgeries want to make you aware of regarding your choice of teeth straightening.

What are mail order aligners?

ima1Some companies have started to offer cheaper alternatives to attending the dentist or orthodontist for your teeth straightening procedures, through mail order businesses. These companies will send you an at home impression kit to take impressions of your teeth. Once these are sent back, they will be reviewed by one of their technicians, who determines if you are suitable for these aligners. If so, aligners are sent back to be worn for a prescribed period of time.

This may seem very similar to the process of teeth straightening through your dental surgery, but there are some very big differences.

    1. Training

The people making the decision as to whether you are suitable for aligners, will have very little if any formal dental training. The key aim is to make money selling people something and this is often achieved at the detriment to quality and standards. Dentists have years of training and they will identify and treat and serious oral health concerns before they even consider offering their patients’ teeth straightening treatments. Serious oral health problems, like gum disease and cavities can be overlooked with home kits because there’s not a lot that can be seen from a few photos or impressions. To complete any tooth movement without the supervision of a  dentist or orthodontist is very risky.

    2. No supervision

When you are treated by a dentist they will require you to attend for regular routine appointments, so that they can monitor how your teeth are moving and if necessary they will adjust your treatment plan to ensure your teeth move at the most safe and efficient rate. This is not something you will get with mail order teeth straightening, meaning your teeth may move slower or faster than anticipated.

    3. Risk of teeth being worse

Moving teeth too fast or with poorly fitting aligners can result in serious problems. This can mean that having paid for your mail order aligners, you will then have to pay even more to see a dentist or orthodontist to repair the damage caused.

    4. Aligners aren’t for everyone

ima3There are a wide range of teeth straightening treatments available and your dentist or orthodontist will be able to determine the most suitable treatment to meet your needs. Some people can happily straighten their teeth with aligners while others need fixed braces to get the best results.
If you would like to find out more about teeth straightening, call College Dental Surgeries today on 01622 752340 and book a consultation.