An emerging mail-order orthodontic treatment trend appeared in national media headlines recently. We agree that orthodontic technology has advanced treatment over the years, but has this latest development gone too far?
These mail-order systems resemble Invisalign treatment, but they don’t provide the same level of face-to-face interaction with your orthodontist.
It is important to remember that orthodontics is not a commodity; not a product on a shelf. It is an exact science based on solid knowledge of biology of tooth movement, growth and development. Unsupervised tooth movement can lead to tooth loss and jaw problems.
We have researched the two companies offering mail-order orthodontic treatment, and it appears a key diagnostic tool is missing from the treatment process: digital X-rays.
We do not start a single patient in our office without 3D X-rays. Dr. Yan Razdolsky has mentioned in previous blog posts how valuable our office’s i-CAT 3-D cone beam digital imaging system has been in treatment. The 3-D images provide such clarity and quality that he has identified countless long-term health risks in patients that not only weren’t visible with the naked eye, they wouldn’t have appeared in traditional X-ray images, either.
There is no need to risk treatment quality. Excellent orthodontic treatment methods are available for patients who want to minimize their time in braces and in an orthodontist’s treatment chair, and we offer them here.
If you or a loved one is considering orthodontic treatment and you want to achieve ideal results, please call our office today to schedule a consultation. We believe there is no substitute for face-to-face treatment.
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