With all of the direct-to-patient clear aligner companies such as Smile Direct Club, Smilelove, Candid, and Byte, that flood TV commercials and social media, you may ask yourself, “Should I go to a dental office to have my teeth straightened?” The answer is a resounding “Yes.”
In order to accurately and appropriately straighten your teeth, you need a highly accurate impression, a well-developed treatment plan, regular appointments to ensure progress is proceeding as planned, and a protocol to make adjustments if needed.
As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression, and the same can be said when starting orthodontic treatment. The most important step in being able to accurately evaluate where a patient starts – and and thus develop an ideal treatment plan – is an accurate diagnostic impression.
Unfortunately, the direct-to-patient companies will either send you plastic trays with impression material to do-it-yourself or send you to a location to have someone that is not a dentist or dental assistant take an impression for you. Only a dental professional can make and analyze an impression to ensure all essential information from the teeth has been captured accurately in the impression material.
After choosing to begin orthodontic treatment with Better Dental, you will have digital impressions taken by a trained member of our expert staff. Next, your dentist will review your impressions with you, and will listen carefully to your specific concerns about your smile. A treatment plan will be developed and a mock-up will be made that will show what your smile will look like at the end of treatment. After your aligners are ready, we will schedule an appointment with you to ensure their fit and get you started with treatment.
During treatment, contrary to what the other companies say, regular appointments to monitor progress are extremely important. During treatment different variables can arise. Teeth can move quicker or slower than anticipated and trays can fit differently than expected. Orthodontic treatment has risks, including root resorption, and therefore requires careful monitoring by your dentist. At Better Dental, our purpose is to provide quality, patient-centered care in order to give you the smile that you have been wanting.
So, if you are serious about straightening your teeth, or have any other dental needs, book an appointment immediately. We’d love the chance to serve you!
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