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The Truth About DIY Clear Braces

The Truth About DIY Clear Braces

woman holding clear bracesWouldn’t it be nice if there was a cheap fix for misaligned teeth? Unfortunately, such a product is unlikely to ever exist due to the intricacies of orthodontics and the complexities of our teeth and jaws. Professional orthodontic treatments are not quick fixes and no one would describe them as cheap, but Invisalign and traditional metal braces do deliver proven results, and, just as importantly, the cosmetic treatments will not damage your teeth or cause undue discomfort.

There is a growing trend of “DIY orthodontics” that include homemade remedies and made-to-order clear aligners that do not require supervision by a qualified dentist. While social media ads and YouTube videos purport to offer an alternative to medically sound orthodontic treatments, Dr. John McDonald and the qualified team at McDonald Orthodontics strongly caution against these unproven and potentially dangerous products. Our office offers safe and effective Invisalign treatments and other orthodontic treatments to patients in and around Salem, OR.

What Are the Potential Dangers of DIY Clear Braces?

DIY clear braces do not require clinical examinations. Patients who use these off-brand products visit a retail store to take images or mail a mold to the company that manufactures DIY clear braces. This shortcut does not allow a qualified dentist to guide the cosmetic procedure. Dr. McDonald understands the oral health needs and cosmetic goals of all of his patients. Technology cannot replace the dentist-patient relationship, and a computer cannot replace the years of experience that dentists like Dr. McDonald have accumulated over many years.

DIY braces do not take into account the overall oral health of a patient. Placing clear aligners over teeth that have unaddressed cavities and gums that may have symptoms of periodontitis can jeopardize the health of your smile. Undergoing treatments that significantly move teeth without considering the impact that infected gums or decayed teeth can play is a recipe for disaster.

Individuals who undergo DIY clear braces treatments will not have the benefit of tooth-colored attachments (buttons) that help guide teeth through complex movements. These DIY companies will not tell you what orthodontists know: Certain movements are not possible without the aid of these attachments. These customers will also lack the benefit of interproximal reduction. Individuals with extensive tooth crowding often require small amounts of natural tooth structure to be gently filed under the skilled hands of a qualified doctor.

Benefits of Professional Orthodontics

Patients who undergo orthodontic treatments at our Salem office benefit from proven results along a predictable timeline. Once you begin orthodontic treatments using Invisalign, Dr. McDonald will periodically monitor your progress through regularly scheduled check-ups. During these visits to our Salem office, patients have the opportunity to ask Dr. McDonald questions about their treatments and progress. Dr. McDonald can provide useful tips during these short visits.

It is not unusual for clear aligner treatments to require reimaging and the manufacture of a completely new set of trays at some point during your treatment. Dr. McDonald will closely monitor the fit of your trays to ensure that your treatment is moving along as scheduled and whether you require revisions.

Work with a Proven Orthodontist in Salem, OR

If an offer sounds too good to be true, it often is. Cutting out trained medical professionals to reduce the cost of teeth straightening may be tempting. These online products are not endorsed by professional medical organizations due to the risk of injury or even tooth loss. If you have questions about the benefits of DIY clear braces vs professional orthodontic treatments, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. McDonald to reaching us online or calling (503) 585-5400.