For generations, the thought of straightening the teeth was a tedious process of dealing with metal braces and mouthguards. Now, with the advancement of modern technology, direct to consumer teeth straightening systems have become increasingly popular from companies that offer teeth alignment treatment without the need to see a dentist.
While easy access to teeth straightening treatment can be tempting, there are several potential disadvantages to consider before jumping into this type of dental treatment. Below, we’ll discuss why.
First, direct to consumer teeth straightening systems are not tailored to an individual’s specific needs. Without being able to consult with a professional, a patient is unable to receive a personalized plan according to their oral health, dental issues, and timeline.
Therefore, the results may be unpredictable.
Second, and leading on from the first point, we must accept that oral health is paramount. And attempting to move teeth for teeth straightening in the presence of dental disease can result in premature abs avoidable tooth loss.
Third, DIY teeth straightening involves a product that is not cleared by any regulatory body. Without a dentists’ oversight and input, consumers may be at risk of potential long-term mouth and health complications that the products in question may cause, as well as potential risks of misinterpreted usage instructions or potential allergic reactions to the material.
Fourth, there is the potential for inaccurate results. Without the expertise of a trained dental professional, it is difficult to guarantee successful results. Issues like uneven or incomplete treatment, or even gum recession, may occur due to incorrect usage.
Finally, patients need to be aware of the cost of switching to a different system, in case the current one isn’t suitable. DIY systems typically come with a one-time fee, and oftentimes do not provide after-care advice to the consumers if anything goes wrong. A patient may also incur additional costs if they need to switch systems halfway through their treatment.
In summary, taking the route of direct to consumer teeth straightening treatment can be quite tempting, especially if it promises a quicker, one-stop solution to achieving straighter teeth without the fuss of braces. Although this may be a good option for some, it is important to understand that teeth alignment is a complex process that may differ from person to person. Therefore, the advice of an experienced dental professional should always be sought to ensure safety, efficacy and long-term satisfaction with the treatment results.