March 15, 2020
If you have been thinking about mail order braces, think again. According to Dr. David Schaefer, a preferred and licensed Invisalign® provider, mail order braces may seem like a good idea at the time, but for most patients they are anything but.
What are Mail Order Braces?
Mail order braces are meant to provide a low cost solution to clear plastic aligners. While they are less expensive, the damage they can cause could be permanent and very expensive.
The Mail Order Braces Process
Most clear braces companies provide you with an impression or mold kit along with a special putty for about $100.00. You may also be asked to take photos of your smile.
Once the company receives your order, an orthodontic professional will review and decide on treatment for your mild to moderate crooked teeth. The company will mail back your aligners with instructions requiring you to wear your aligners for one to two weeks before swapping for a new set.
The Invisalign® Process
Like mail order braces, Invisalign® is a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that you wear for 22 hours every day. Unlike mail order braces, you get to see Dr. Schaefer in person. This eliminates any guesswork in the process.
After digital pictures are taken, they are sent to the Invisalign® software for your dental blueprint. Once your aligners are ready you will wear as you would mail order braces, however, you will see Dr. Schaefer every 6 weeks to make sure everything is going to plan. With mail order braces, you never see anyone.
Invisalign® and Issues Online Braces Don’t Address
Many issues exist below your gumline and in the jaw. Those issues can’t possibly be addressed using the mail order braces systems. Mail order braces can’t widen your jaw or align your bite. Without professional advice, you could cause permanent damage.
If you are considering clear braces, get a professionals advice and schedule an Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schafer today.
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