Are Online Aligner Systems Good? What Can Go Wrong?

Aligner

While this may seem like a fantastic solution, it is important to consider all aspects of this method of treatment. Continue reading for the benefits and drawbacks of online aligner systems.

How Do Online Aligner Systems Work?

Online, or “at-home” alignment systems usually work as follows:

As you complete your treatment, you will take and submit photos for your orthodontist to use in order to monitor your progress. After your treatment is finished, you will receive a retainer that will help ensure that your teeth do not shift.

What Can Go Wrong?

Perhaps the largest issue with at-home aligner systems is that the orthodontist is almost completely eliminated from the entirety of the treatment. Aside from monitoring the pictures that you submit during each stage, the orthodontist has virtually no control or impact on the treatment.

Below are some of the most common issues with online aligner systems:

It’s always best to enlist the direct supervision and expertise of a trusted dental professional rather than attempting to complete the treatment at home on your own. While it may seem more convenient at first, online aligner systems have the potential to lead to further complications and can be quite a stress on both you, as well as your wallet.

Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we are here to ensure that your orthodontic treatment runs smoothly from start to finish. To get scheduled for a consultation in our San Jose dental office, give us a call at (408) 478-9081.

 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Missing Teeth

You lose a tooth outside your “smile zone” so you think you can just make do without it. The loss of one tooth, however, not only affects your ability to chew well, it threatens the health of your neighboring teeth.

When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

In an ideal world, you hold on to all of your teeth after they come in, but the world may have different plans. From problematic wisdom teeth to severe decay, here’s a look at when tooth extraction is the best course of action.

Your Four Options for Braces

It’s rare to have naturally straight teeth that line up perfectly. While some minor misalignment issues may not be worth straightening, braces can make quick work of those that are significant enough to treat. And there are several braces options.

The Dangers of a Receding Gum Line

While your teeth may garner more attention, your gums are equally important to your overall oral health. When your gums recede, complications can develop, not the least of which is pain and/or tooth loss.

I'm Nervous About My Upcoming Root Canal Procedure

You have an infection in the root canal in your tooth and you’re dealing with considerable pain. Your best road to relief is through a root canal procedure, which is a routine dental procedure that shouldn't cause you to worry.