$35.00 Clear Aligners
I just received a Groupon for SmileDirect Club. It looks like I can get an Invisalign equivalent for just $35.00. Although it seems like a no brainer there is a part of me who worries that maybe it is too good to be true. $35.00 isn’t a big deal to lose if it doesn’t work, but thinking about it, can it do anything to my teeth that are dangerous?
I’m glad you wrote. I’ve looked into this extensively. As I’ve gone through everything, I have three big concerns.
Under treatment from a dentist, before you have any orthodontics done, you receive a complete exam. SmileDirect skips this step. This is dangerous. During that time, there are comprehensive x-rays and a physical exam which are designed to check for things such as gum disease, decaying teeth, TMJ disorder. Without that, you put the patient at risk. For instance, if you have gum disease, even just the early stages, getting orthodontic treatment done without first addressing that can lead to your teeth coming loose and falling out.
An additional concern is the do-it-yourself impression. Doing the impression is a very important step in any type of aligner treatment. It takes training and experience to do this well. If you don’t get accurate impressions it throws off the entire treatment.
Most people need braces because of overcrowding and require space to be created for the straightening. This is done by extracting some premolars or, if not much space is needed than a dentist would shave a little off several teeth. You want a dentist who is invested in your case and not just some dentist Smile Direct contracted with that isn’t getting paid much and is just doing this on the side.
Inadequate Monitoring During Treatment
With Invisalign, you will see your dentist periodically to get your next set of aligners. This serves a dual purpose allowing the dentist to check your progress. Bodies are complicated and often don’t follow the regimen set for them. Sometimes a tooth doesn’t turn the way it was supposed to and requires your dentist to add buttons to aide them. Or maybe more space was needed then we originally expected. This gives the dentist the opportunity to get ahead of any problems. With SmileDirect, you are just given all your aligners and left on your own.
If you were to do some digging, you’d find that the independent reviews have many disasters and complaints.
Be careful. Often when something seems too good to be true, it is.
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