With the entire world practically at your fingertips, it’s easier than ever to get anything you need or want delivered directly to your door. This convenience has even gained popularity in orthodontics with direct-to-consumer, or mail order, aligners. Mail-order aligners significantly lean on the promise of lower prices and the convenience of avoiding the trips to the orthodontist for checkups and adjustments. It makes sense that you’re considering mail-order orthodontic treatment, but you might be surprised to know that most orthodontists and dentists don’t recommend them.
Have you been postponing orthodontic treatment because you just can’t figure out which route best suits you and your family? Let’s take a look at some of the things you won’t get with mail-order orthodontics and how Texas Family Orthodontics can efficiently give you a spectacular smile!
Lower Cost and Quicker Results
Let’s get this assumption out of the way first. The old saying that you get what you pay for is never more true than when it comes to your orthodontic treatment. While mail-order options may seem quick and inexpensive, the potential risks could prove costly since you won’t get the supervised care that a trained orthodontist provides.
Utilizing all options specific to your dental situation while under specialized care is the only way to ensure the quickest and most beneficial method to a better smile. Orthodontists can now compete with the prices that mail-order aligners boast. Here at Texas Family Orthodontics, we offer a variety of flexible, patient-specific payment plans, convenient, automatic bank drafts, and accept most orthodontic dental insurances to ensure treatment is always affordable. Our goal is to give you outstanding value at a reasonable price.
Initial Clinical Exam
Before starting treatment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re aiming for. And the best way to do that on your orthodontic journey is to know where you’re coming from to calculate the best route to your destination. During your initial examination, Dr. Katie Vo looks closely at the tissue and bone supporting your teeth using digital photographs and full mouth x-rays. This detailed information ensures clear aligners are the proper route for your individual treatment plan and avoid complications later from cavities, gum disease, and other related problems not picked up in basic impressions or photos.
With mail-order aligners, the first step is receiving your in-home impression kit. Some options also ask you to include intraoral photos, but generally, the information used to determine eligibility is very basic. Once the impression is mailed back, a dentist or technician will review it and decide if the patient is suitable for clear aligners. This eligibility is based on your current tooth alignment and does not factor in many vital components of the orthodontic process. Without considering all the variables, you may end up with subpar results, costing you more time and money.
At Texas Family Orthodontics in San Antonio and Windcrest, we believe that your first orthodontic visit is your most important one. Our expert and experienced orthodontist will take as much time as you need to answer your questions and decide what kind of treatment is best for you. Dr. Vo and her team will then walk you through the process to explain everything from scheduling to expected discomfort levels.
Customized Treatment Plans
Your teeth and gums should always be in good condition before any tooth movement is attempted to avoid unexpected problems. While clear aligners can be an excellent option for many patients, it isn’t for everyone. Some cases are more severe or require specific treatments, so you may save time and money by opting for traditional metal or clear braces.
Texas Family Orthodontics always considers your individual needs and goals before creating your treatment plan. We want to ensure the treatment plan we offer will make the best use of your time and goals while utilizing our expertise in ortho care. We use the information gathered during your personal in-office consultation and combine it with the data from your imaging to determine what will fit your lifestyle with the most significant results.
Professional Supervision During Treatment
During your treatment, your teeth may move slower or faster than anticipated, things can come up that require minor adjustments, or you may need to modify your current treatment plan. Having regular check-ins with your orthodontist is crucial during your aligner process.
When you opt for mail-order aligners, you get assigned a treatment timeline to follow. This timeline is based on your initial teeth impressions and what should happen over time but does not account for any deviations that may pop up unexpectedly. This hands-off calendar approach can cause severe damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw, and leave you with a result you’ll be less than thrilled with.
Dr. Vo is an orthodontist, which means that after her eight years of formal college and dental education, she spent an additional two years learning the skills needed to manage tooth movement and guide facial development. This specialization means she is best qualified to guide you on your journey to your perfect smile!
Treatment for All Your Orthodontic Needs
Many orthodontic issues lie below the gum line and with the jaw itself, where goopy impressions and cell phone images can’t capture data. These issues can’t be treated with mail-order aligners and can actually be made worse using mail-order aligners. With this treatment method, processes like widening your jaw, aligning your bite, and correcting rotations can’t be accomplished.
It is more effective to know your specific orthodontic concerns ahead of time so you can have the best possible outcome. Dr. Vo will be able to assess your condition during the whole process, adjust things along the way as needed, create your perfect smile.
For Efficient, Effective, and Affordable Treatment, Trust Texas Family Orthodontics
You wouldn’t go on a road trip without researching the best route to get you there. Don’t start your orthodontic treatment without the same consideration!
Our expert team at Texas Family Orthodontics takes pride in making your experience a pleasant and personalized one, from initial consultation to your most recent check-up. If you wonder what the best route to your perfect smile is, schedule your FREE consultation today and let us help you confidently navigate this journey.