When it comes to correcting crooked and misaligned teeth, Invisalign is one of the hottest treatment options available. These clear aligners have taken the world of modern dentistry by storm, and many patients are turning towards Invisalign to achieve straighter and healthier smiles. That said, there are many “do-it-yourself” alternatives out there that claim to offer the same results as Invisalign—but do they actually? Here are four reasons why Invisalign outperforms other DIY options and why it’s a highly recommended option for straightening your smile.
Reason #1: Invisalign Starts at Your Dentist’s Office
Your dentist is the expert on oral healthcare, so it’s always wise to consult them before any type of treatment. That said, Invisalign starts with an in-office consultation that will allow your provider to ensure that your mouth is healthy and able to benefit from wearing the aligners. While many people find the idea of DIY aligners appealing because they don’t have to set foot inside their dentist’s office, visiting them will allow them to see that your aligners properly fit, as DIY options are often one-size-fits-all and won’t feel comfortable to wear.
Reason #2: Your Dentist Will Supervise Your Whole Treatment Process
On that note, your dentist will also supervise you throughout the whole process, whereas this is not the case with DIY aligners. This means that as soon as problem arises or you have any concerns or questions, your dentist will be able to step in and assist you. It also ensures an uninterrupted treatment process. Even though DIY aligners might seem more convenient, and you don’t have to schedule regular checkups for them, this also leaves a lot of room for error and doubt.
Reason #3: Reputable Organizations Don’t Recommend Using DIY Clear Aligners
The American Dental Association, one of the most trusted of all professional dental organizations, has approved and recommended Invisalign for safe use. However, they actively discourage the use of all DIY orthodontics, stating that these products do not meet adequate safety standards for safety or efficiency. There have also been many consumer warnings and complaints about some of them over the years, so using them is often risky.
Reason #4: Invisalign Is Trusted and Reliable
The proof is in the pudding; Invisalign has helped millions achieve a straighter and healthier smile, and this number continues to grow. Invisalign’s positive track record and countless stellar reviews say it all; their reliability, effectiveness, and subtlety aren’t matched by any of the available DIY alternatives. In fact, many of these products have mixed or poor reviews, and some patients even experienced worsened orthodontic issues because of them!
Your smile deserves the absolute best treatment that modern dentistry has to offer, and Invisalign is a cut above the rest! Talk with your dentist if you’re interested in getting started; it’s reliable and viable and certain to correct your pearly whites.
About the Author
Dr. Jonathan E. Mason received his dental doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the renowned Academy of General Dentistry. His practice is proud to offer a variety of dental services to patients and families in the Manchester, VT area, including Invisalign. To schedule a visit, feel free to reach out online or over the phone: (802) 362-1099.