October 1, 2018
Are you looking into straightening your smile? Thanks to modern dentistry, if your teeth are misaligned you have multiple options to correct them. With the wide variety of options, how do you know which one is best for you? Your orthodontist is the only one that can make an educated recommendation on the best treatment for you. That’s why you should avoid mail order braces. Read to learn why online braces and aligners can be dangerous to your smile from a trusted orthodontist in Newark, OH.
Why Should I See a Professional?
Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material to permanently alter a part of your body. If this isn’t done correctly, it can lead to irreversible and expensive damage like change in bite, tooth loss, gum loss, and other dental issues.
Before ordering braces and aligners from an online source, ask yourself a simple question: Would you undergo any other medical treatment without an in-person evaluation and supervision along the way? It sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? Your oral health is linked with your overall health, so making changes to your smile should be taken seriously and it requires professional assistance.
Furthermore, patients don’t always know what’s going on with their teeth, especially when it isn’t visible to the naked eye. People can be missing teeth or have impacted (wisdom) teeth without even knowing it. This can greatly affect the treatment of your smile alignment and can potentially hurt your teeth and bite. That’s why it’s imperative that you see a professional orthodontist before undergoing treatment as well as supervision along the way to make sure there’s no complications.
What if the Online Service has a Pre-Treatment Evaluation?
Some of these online orthodontic companies make their treatment seem easy and effortless. All they ask of you is to send a selfie of your smile or an impression of your teeth and voila, you receive aligners in the mail that give you a beautifully straight smile.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as that. Of course, these companies advertise the convenience because that’s why they exist, but this isn’t a shirt or shoe fitting service. This is a medical treatment that permanently alters the look, feel, and function of your teeth. An in-person evaluation and supervision throughout your treatment is a very important part of achieving a healthy looking and feeling smile. Well aligned teeth not only help you look great, but they help you talk and chew more effectively.
When researching your options for a straight smile, keep in mind that ordering braces and aligners online can potentially damage your teeth. The best thing you can do is to talk to your local orthodontist—your smile will thank you!
Meet the Orthodontist
Dr. Timothy G. Wigal understands that each of his patients have different needs and he gets to know his patients, so he can provide personalized care. He enjoys helping patients straighten their teeth to achieve a radiant smile and increase their confidence. He currently runs his own practice where he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (740) 281-0445 for any questions.
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