Would You Order Straighter Teeth Online?
With new direct-to-consumer businesses offering clear aligners online, how do you choose between those and in-clinic ones like Invisalign? This comparison guide can help!
Oh, the Internet, how you have completely, fundamentally, and irrevocably changed life as we know it. You’ve given us many great things, including our greatest love, e-commerce. It’s become a social norm to buy everything and anything online, from mundane groceries to luxury items that blow the bank. But a click-to-order smile?
At the moment, there are several direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands (think: Zenyum, Smile Direct Club and WonderSmile, just to name a few) allowing you to order teeth-straightening clear aligners online. You can even get aligners on Taobao! Unlike clear aligner systems like Invisalign that can only be administered by Invisalign accredited dentists, these brands typically involve partner clinics only for the initial consultation. With no regular dentist visits mandated, DTC brands are able to advertise attractively low prices but… are they right for you? Let’s find out!
So, what’s the conclusion?
It’s best to start with an end goal in mind. If your objective is to get that single rouge tooth in line, DTC solutions may work for you; but if you need anything more than minor front-tooth adjustments, a treatment that is administered and monitored by a dentist may prove more effective. This is especially true in cases of misaligned bites as how your top and bottom teeth meet is an important factor in ensuring a long-lasting, healthy smile.
Also, DTC brands generally rely on their technology and your compliance to deliver the promised results as treatments are largely unsupervised. Even if you don’t need an Invisalign-accredited dentist to walk you through the entire journey and you’re confident of following the 22-hour daily wear time on your own, it’s worth taking a deeper look at the science behind DTC brands to see how they stack up against in-clinic aligner system options. Invisalign, for example, builds on 20 years of research innovation and has treated over *seven million cases worldwide. It uses proprietary virtual modelling software for greater predictability and a patented aligner material called SmartTrack for better tooth movement control — all of which are designed to help you achieve your ideal smile.
*Source from Align Technology
At the end of the day, you deserve the smile you want, so make sure the aligner system you choose can deliver those results. We believe that it takes a qualified dentist, seeing you in person, to accurately assess your condition. Once you have a professional opinion (or three!), it’ll be much easier to make a teeth-straightening decision. If you’d like our dentists to help, make an obligation-free appointment with us today.