Are There Disadvantages? Faster and Cheaper Might Not Be Better?

Direct-to-consumer clear aligners have become some people’s preference over in-office invisible aligners. But are they really better?

They do cut down on the number of in-office appointments. In some instances, there may be no in office appointments. According to US News, AlignerCo, claims to be the least expensive direct-to-consumer option. With them, there is no in-office appointment. You receive an at-home impression kit and mail it to the company. They develop a customized treatment plan and do follow-up treatments remotely.

Another company called Candid does the first appointment through an actual dentist or orthodontist, who scans your teeth in their office. Afterward, you do all follow-up through an at-home scanning device.

Typically, you can complete treatment in four to six months. Candid estimates patients can finish treatment in four to 12 months. More complicated cases take longer.

What Is the Downside of Direct-to-Consumer Aligners?

Direct-to-consumer aligners have limitations. They can only correct minor spacing or bite problems. Some people’s misaligned teeth or gums aren’t healthy enough for this approach. In fact, using the direct-to-consumer approach could create bigger problems. Problems like bite changes and tooth loss.

Don’t underestimate the value of an in-person dental examination by a licensed dentist. Proper monitoring and supervision goes a long ways. Some patients need comprehensive X-rays to accurately diagnose and devise the best plan.

Also, not all direct-to-consumer providers offer Telehealth check-ins. Patients may not have 24/7 access to a dentist.

We’re glad to answer your questions about options for braces

Our friendly staff at Hutto Hippo Family Dental is happy to answer your questions. We don’t believe in making patients wait. Your time is valuable, and we know that. We’ll strive to get you in to see the dentist as soon as possible.

Give us a call. Our number is (512) 806-7740.