buying clear aligners online

Benefits of In-person Treatment With a Doctor Vs Buying Diy Clear Aligners from Online Platforms

buying clear aligners online

With the advent of e-commerce, buying things of daily need online has become a common practice. From groceries and clothes to appliances, even eyeglasses, everything is available at the click of a button. ‘So why not clear aligners?’ thought most of the direct-to-consumer brands selling teeth aligners. Thus, began the journey of DIY clear aligners that can be ordered online and worn without any direct interaction with a doctor. 

The perceived benefits

For buying aligners online, potential customers take pictures of their mouth and impressions of their teeth using putty and ship them to the company selling the product. Dentists and orthodontists at the other end examine the impression, detect problem areas, and prepare the aligners, which are then sent to the customers via mail. The treatment is followed up via customer service. Without an in-person appointment with the doctor. The process may appear more convenient, less expensive,  and easily accessible by all — students, workers, or busy teens. Of course, no regular trips to a dental office and easy availability make buying clear aligners online an affordable option. But there’s more you should consider. 

The flipside

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is an involved process that evaluates the patient’s teeth, bite and face profile. Realigned teeth may alter the shape and structure of the face and if it goes wrong, the patient may have to face re-treatment if it is reversible. At the end of the day, a doctor consultation with a clear aligner expert is your safest option as many things can go wrong. You don’t want to have to deal with permanent damage by self treating yourself with clear aligners. The risk is not worthwhile when it comes to your overall oral health.

Combination of AI and human intelligence 

OrthoFX has a model that strikes a balance between in-person and online care. OrthoFX offers technologies with exactly what the industry needs. Following a multi-step procedure, OrthoFX ensures your smile journey is right on track without any mishaps. It starts with meeting a dentist or orthodontist for an in-person evaluation of the teeth through scans and x-rays. A 3D treatment plan is developed by the doctor for the patient. The series of personalized aligners are then shipped to the doctor and you can immediately begin, wearing them one by one, every week. OrthoFX offers intelligent appointment scheduling (for in person visits only when needed), VIP concierge on call, and continual updates on your treatment progress. With a combination of AI and human intelligence, fast and safe treatment is delivered by a local expert doctor. 

Having straight teeth leads to a beautiful smile and can help protect your long term oral health. Instead of risking a DIY option, opt for OrthoFX clear aligners which offer the benefits of both in-person care and remote treatment technologies with your local doctor. 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK553375/

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