The importance of expert care
While some customers who have bought clear aligners online have reported satisfactory results, many have ended up causing their teeth and gums lasting harm. There have even been cases of lost teeth because of badly fitting aligners.
There are many reasons why such issues have occurred. Patients sometimes underestimate just how much force is put onto the teeth by aligners, which are designed to apply pressure to reposition the teeth and straighten your smile.
If the individual using the aligners has gum disease or tooth decay, they can cause serious and long-lasting damage. An initial visit to a dentist or hygienist is an essential aspect of any orthodontic consultation – they’ll be able to spot signs of decay or disease and treat this appropriately - and it’s an important step not always included in remote services. A professional examination is also important to make sure that there is nothing affecting the ability of your tooth roots to withstand the pressure that aligners create. These issues can only be identified with a clinical examination and X-rays, making some time spent in the dentist’s chair before going ahead with teeth straightening truly indispensable.
As well as this, aligners that are not monitored with ongoing expert supervision can also cause teeth to move too quickly. This can cause a skewed bite or loosened teeth, particularly if there are underlying or undetected health issues.
Most crucially, DIY aligners and at-home teeth straightening lacks the ongoing care and attention of a qualified dental or orthodontic professional. By choosing instead to get teeth straightening treatment at a trusted practice, you won’t just get braces that fit perfectly, you’ll also have regular contact with a dentist. They’ll track the progress of your teeth straightening and are an important source of information on how best to take care of your smile. They’ll also be able to rectify any issues that may arise along the way, ensuring you and your teeth are in the best possible condition before, during and after treatment.