DIY for Teeth Straightening Instead of Professional Help?

Teeth Straightening Treatments

Whenever you look at a magazine, turn on Netflix, or browse social media, you likely come across advertisements for do-it-yourself teeth aligners. These aligner manufacturers promise to deliver a straighter smile without the hassle of going to the orthodontist or dentist. The problem is these aligner companies take a standardized approach to a treatment that requires individualized solutions.

Any dentist in Sacramento would tell you that you should be wary of these mail-order solutions. There are several reasons for this. For one, if things go wrong, you could end up ruining your bite. You could also suffer from poor alignment, and it can have negative impacts on your overall health.

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Some Of The Biggest Risks To Your Bite

It doesn’t matter what treatment you decide to go with; you want to ensure you are doing it under the supervision of a professional. You need to be under the direct supervision of a professional because they will be able to monitor your treatment progress and determine whether or not adjustments need to be made. When you go with a mail-order aligner company, you don’t have anyone that can monitor your progress.

The American Association Of Orthodontists typically suggests that every kind of teeth straightening treatment be monitored by a professional dentist or orthodontist that specializes in the treatment. Having someone monitoring your progress is essential because it allows you to communicate issues you are having with them. They can also check to see if any problems crop up during treatment.

Not everything goes as planned. Any orthodontic treatment without direct supervision and management can lead to significant issues that will be even more difficult and more costly to fix.

It Can Be Difficult To Avoid Temptation

A lot of these aligner companies do a fantastic job of making their service and product look desirable. After all, who doesn’t want a straight smile with zero hassle? Not only do they use clever marketing, but they also provide guarantees of ending up with a straight smile too. It can be very difficult to say no to.

When you are presented with the option to get that straight smile of your dreams at a fraction of the price of a traditional treatment, you may be tempted to press the “buy” button immediately. However, you need to know what you are getting into.

Typically with any Do-It-Yourself products, you will be tasked with creating and mailing in your dental impression. The problem with this is the fact that you haven’t been trained on this. Your entire treatment plan relies on you getting a solid and accurate dental impression. From there, you will have all of your aligners mailed to you.

You would then be tasked with wearing them without ever interacting with a dental professional. You can only hope that you are not damaging your smile in the process.

Know What Is Right

The problem with these companies is that not everyone is a clear candidate for this type of treatment. Some people will not be suitable candidates whatsoever. You may need more than aligners to get your teeth in their optimal position. If so, you will need to get treatments that deliver more movement. If you have a complicated case, it’s only going to be a waste of money.

Any Do-It-Yourself kit is not going to be effective, and it’s only going to delay your real treatment in the process. It’s also going to be a complete waste of money.

So, what’s the moral of the story?

The biggest thing you want to avoid doing is choosing convenience over professional expertise. If you are looking to get a straighter and healthier smile, speak with a professional Sacramento dentist like us today. Visit the Sacramento River Dental Group dental office, and you can get a consultation to find the most suitable treatment for you. We have the innovative technology to not only precisely assess your smile but to optimize the right treatment plan for your smile.

We will be there to work with you every step of the way throughout your treatment. Skip the DIY methods and go straight to the professionals at the Sacramento River Dental Group dental office.

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