The Difference Between Direct-to-Consumer Clear Aligners And Professional Clear Aligners
For many years, we have relied heavily on the ability to receive most items we need with the click of a button on our phone or computer, and our items are delivered to us without needing to leave the house. This is so convenient, especially with a busy schedule. That being said, there are certain circumstances when it’s best to steer clear of the online service and visit a professional. Dr. Bartish and his New Patient Concierge, Maria, recently sat down to discuss the difference between direct-to-consumer clear aligners and professional clear aligners. Be sure to click and watch the interesting short video above to learn more.
What are Clear Aligners?
If you are unfamiliar, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of plastic trays that slowly transition teeth into the proper placement. They are highly sought after by patients because they provide a number of benefits, such as being removable and no food restrictions. With the popularity of this treatment, not only do you get assistance from a professional, but you can also use a direct-to-consumer solution. In the video, Dr. Bartish and Maria go into detail, explaining their findings.
Why Choose Professional Aligners
In the video, Maria explains her experience as a patient with direct-to-consumer clear aligners and professional clear aligners. She did not have a positive experience with the direct-to-consumer option. She mentions that you do not get to speak with a professional. If you have any concerns or questions, you submit them on the website and hope for a reply that you might not receive for weeks if at all. When using professional treatment, Dr. Bartish is available to answer any questions you have and help you every step of the way. You will visit him every ten weeks to check progress, and your treatment may be adjusted along the way. With the direct-to-consumer option, Maria received all the trays at once. Her bite was negatively affected, and her teeth shifted out of place, making it so that she needed to start the treatment over again.
It is important to understand what you are purchasing and realize that convenience and low cost is not always the best option. You only have one set of teeth to last your entire life, and therefore your oral health is too important not to trust to a professional.
If you are located in the Cincinnati, OH area and are interested in learning more about Invisalign®, the professional clear aligners we offer, be sure to contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here to help improve your smile!