You want straight teeth, but you don’t want to go with old-fashioned metal braces. All those adjustment appointments, the soreness, and those metal brackets! No way. But there are so many options for teeth straightening out there that you can be easily confused. Can you really straighten your own teeth? Do those mail-order straightening aligners work? Is Invisalign® worth the money? Get the answers to these and other questions to determine the best effective, safe, and affordable option.
What is involved in DIY teeth straightening?
These days, you can find DIY videos on YouTube for practically any task. Some are instructive and helpful; others, like videos for straightening your own teeth, are just plain dangerous. The concept of DIY teeth straightening is using everyday objects like rubber bands, floss, fishing lines, and paper clips to move your teeth into straight positions.
Why is DIY teeth straightening dangerous?
Some patients think these DIY methods might save them money and time, but ultimately it could cost them significantly more. DIY methods could worsen tooth alignment or make your teeth more crooked. Also, without professional supervision, your teeth could become permanently damaged or even need to be removed. The risks and repair costs vastly outweigh the potential for savings. Do it right with a trained professional.
What are the advantages of clear aligners?
Innovative technology means that we can now straighten teeth without using traditional braces through clear aligners, like Invisalign. This technology provides many benefits:
- Removeable aligners.
- Virtually invisible on teeth.
- Ability to eat and drink what you like.
- Easy care and cleaning.
- No shiny metal braces, which means no mouth irritation and sores.
- No need to take time off from work or school for painful “tightening” visits.
But not all clear aligners are created equal.
How do mail-order straightening aligners work?
Mail-order straightening aligners seem to offer it all: you can get straight teeth and save money with clear aligners by doing the whole process yourself. Basically, you buy a kit online that tells you how to make a mold of your teeth from home. Then, this impression is sent back to the company and serves as the model that your clear aligners are based on.
What are the risks of mail-order straightening aligners?
Like with the DIY straightening, you as the patient are completely unsupervised during the straightening process. What if you perform the at-home impression incorrectly? Also, dental professionals are specifically trained to recognize signs that something is wrong. Here are just a few things that can happen with mail-order straightening clear aligners:
- Poorly fitting aligners.
- Damage to the roots of your teeth.
- Gum recession.
- Loosening teeth.
Although the promises to save you money make at-home aligners attractive, without the supervision of a dental professional, you could end up with problems that you’ll need to pay more money to fix. Why not do it right from the beginning and straighten your teeth through a dental professional?
How is Invisalign different?
With Invisalign, you enjoy all the advantages of clear aligners, but you also get so much more. Additional benefits with Invisalign include the following:
- Access to professional tools and expertise to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment.
- Small tooth-colored bumps that allow the plastic aligners to grip the teeth and move them in the correct direction.
- Accurate impressions.
- Flexibility to tweak your treatment as necessary.
- Peace of mind that you’ll get beautiful results.
In the end, the safest, most efficient, and most affordable option for straightening your teeth are as clear as the aligners themselves. Invisalign gives you the most bang for your buck, and best of all, it gives you the gorgeous, straight teeth you’ve always wanted. To learn more about Invisalign and to get started, contact your dentist today!
About the Author
At Kelly Blair DDS & Mitch Conditt DDS, Dr. Kelly Blair is a certified dentist in Six Month Smiles and Invisalign orthodontics, enabling her to help patients achieve a more harmonious and aesthetic smile. She enjoys working with patients to create the smile they’ve been dreaming of. You may contact her by calling (817) 737-5155 or clicking here.