In this day and age, the average American leads a busy lifestyle and is usually always on the go. Because of this, we’re always looking for more convenient ways to do things: faster shipping, ready-made meals, and at-home orthodontic care. However, despite the flashy advertising and exciting promises that at-home aligner companies may make, there are some very real drawbacks to DIY orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists found that in 2017, 39% of orthodontists reported having to correct problems caused by at-home aligners. Here’s what you need to know:
“All tooth movement — regardless of the forces applied — subjects the dentition to the possibility of:
These types of complications can occur even with the best diagnosis, treatment plan, and execution of the treatment plan.” Dr. Harrell explains that unsupervised tooth movement can drastically increase the likelihood of these problems happening.
Overall, there are some very real concerns with the at-home aligner trend, and while saving time may seem worth it, the possible drawbacks are not. Here at GSO, we are proud to offer Invisalign at rates comparable to at-home companies, and your treatment will be overseen by a team of doctors with your best interest at heart. Call 770-749-7292 to schedule your complimentary consultation today!