Dentistry VS. Direct-To-Consumer Aligners

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Oral health and hygiene are important aspects of our overall health and wellbeing. Proper oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, can help eliminate bad breath, decrease tooth staining, and prevent cavities and gum disease. An equally important aspect of oral health is the alignment or realignment of your teeth.

In recent years, the rise of direct-to-consumer clear aligners made to straighten your teeth with no visits to the dentist has become increasing popular. However, there are still several benefits to dentist directed aligner treatments.

Benefits of Proper Teeth Alignment

Properly aligned teeth offer two main benefits. Having properly aligned teeth makes cleaning your teeth—and keeping them clean—much easier. Misaligned teeth can create nooks and crannies where food can hide, building up plaque and causing bad breath, among other more severe issues.

The secondary benefit of properly aligned teeth is the one people typically notice first: improving the appearance of your smile. Having properly aligned teeth creates the base for the natural, beautiful smile of your dreams.

Challenges with Consumer-Direct Aligners

In recent years, consumer-direct based aligner treatments such as Smile Direct Club have surged in popularity because they appear to be easier and require no in-person visits. However, their popularity does not mean they’re the best choice for creating the best results.

Moving teeth is a very delicate process, and each person responds to treatment differently. During aligner treatment, if the movement occurs to quickly it can cause root resorption or more serious jaw problems. At Brooklyn Smiles, we believe that a detailed discussion with patients to understand their expectations as well as their qualifications for aligners is a critical first step. Then patient monitoring during the treatment is a requirement to ensure tooth movement is occurring properly. If modifications are required, monitoring allows for adjustments to ultimately meet patients’ expectations. During our 25 years of providing aligner treatments, we have determined direct patient monitoring during treatment is essential. Because in-person patient monitoring is not provided by direct-to-consumer companies, patients need to be aware of the risk associated with this type of treatment.

Invisible Aligners

When paired with the supervision of professional dentists, clear teeth alignment methods, like Invisalign® and CandidPro, are a great option for people looking for discreet teeth straightening. At Brooklyn Smile we listen to your expectations, assess your case, and then customize a treatment plan with the aligner system that is best suited to achieve the proper results.

The Brooklyn Smile team can help you determine if aligners are right for you because we have over 25 years’ experience with clear aligners and were one of the first practices in the Brooklyn, New York area to use Invisalign.  Knowing the pros and cons of aligners for your teeth is crucial to determining whether they are the right choice for you, and there is no one better suited to provide those answers than the Brooklyn Smile team.

By partnering with Invisalign® and CandidPro, the Brooklyn Smile team can help you determine if clear aligners are the right choice for your smile. As a service to our patients, we offer a Free Virtual Consultation to discuss aligner treatment and how we would develop a customized plan for you. For more information, schedule your free virtual dental consultation with Brooklyn Smile today or call 718-745-3456.