Should You Try At-Home Aligners?

Should You Try At-Home Aligners?

How Many Ads for At-Home Teeth Straightening Devices Have You Seen?

It’s nearly impossible to scroll through social media or watch anything online without seeing an ad that promises straight teeth from the comfort of your own home at a fraction of the price your orthodontist has quoted you.

Maybe you’ve considered it, but one question has stopped you from making the purchase…

Are at Home Aligners Safe?

The at-home treatment option is marketed as the more affordable option. But it is also more dangerous. It’s not monitored by a licensed professional who has years of education and experience behind them to help you get the best results.

DIY aligners can move your teeth too quickly, in a way that your body isn’t used to. The speed your teeth can move at is a biological process. If you try to rush it, your teeth may become detached from the bone.

You’re also at risk of serious, and sometimes irreversible conditions like:

  • Broken teeth
  • Nerve damage
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Joint disintegration
  • Bone and tooth loss

At-home aligners usually only treat the front six teeth; the ones you get from an orthodontist help all of your teeth to work together properly, leaving you with a functional bite. An orthodontist will also make sure that they take your face, profile, soft tissue, bone, and teeth into consideration when fitting you properly for aligners.

Are at Home Aligners Safe?

Years ago, the only way to get straight teeth were braces.

But dentistry has evolved. Now you can get the same results in a more discreet way with the help of clear orthodontic aligners. Typically you’d work with your dentist and/or orthodontist to create a customized treatment plan.

When you work one-on-one with a professional, you’re likely getting a consultation at the beginning of the process. If you choose the DIY route, you’re missing that crucial step. The consultation is a perf