Does Invisalign® Mail-Order Aligners work? We’ve seen dozens of our own patients get their dream smiles from the Invisalign process, and we have pictures to prove it.
You may be able to get your own amazing Invisalign smile in 6–12 months.
Plus, the Invisalign company keeps a database of about 6 million smiles from other successful patients! They have 900 patents behind this process, and 20 years of studies.
So, are imitators good? Can you get the same results through mail-order? Let’s talk about it.
Invisalign Braces: Why You Should Not Use Mail-Order Aligners
What do you get with Invisalign versus Smile Direct Club, Candid, or other mail-order options? Well, with Invisalign clear aligners, you’ll get:
- A FREE exam and consultation with an experienced local dentist.
- Dental x-rays, which let us plan a successful Invisalign braces process.
- Review of your dental and medical records to make sure the process will fit your needs.
- Observation of your bite movement—and recommendations to improve it, if needed.
- Preventive dentistry: an exam to make sure you’re healthy, and possible dental cleaning.
- Touch-free optical teeth impressions.
With mail-order aligners, you don’t get the trained eye of an Invisalign dentist in your own community—someone who feels responsible for making sure you get the results you need.
Your teeth are going to be moving to new positions over 3–6 months or longer! You need consistent dental services to make sure they’re moving correctly.
5 Reasons to Avoid Mail-Order Aligners
1. The Impressions May Be Faulty
When patients get mail-order clear braces, they often have to make their own impressions of their teeth at home. That means biting into a sticky substance and putting it into the mail.
But they don’t know if the impressions were done correctly or accurately—starting the whole process on a shaky foundation.
At our local dentist office, we’ll use advanced technology to take accurate, touchless optical impressions of your teeth. Then, we’ll feed these directly into 3D planning software.
2. Clear Braces May Not Work for Everyone
Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign aligners! That’s a crucial point that the public doesn’t know. Patients are disqualified all the time for reasons such as:
- Gum disease.
- Impacted teeth.
- Poor bone structure or density.
- Severely crowded teeth.
- Extreme overbite.
Without a thorough dental checkup at a dentist office, you won’t know if you have any of these issues. Mail-order companies won’t assess you like we do—with a thorough, FREE consultation.
3. Mail-Order Technology Is Usually Outdated
Mail-order companies set up their operations to send out a lot of clear teeth aligners to a lot of patients quickly. So, their technology is set at a certain level for a time while they service their customers.
That means you won’t be getting the latest technology and techniques. That’s not how it is at our family dental practice! We love learning about the latest techniques and making sure they get to you.
4. You CANNOT get Orthodontic Acceleration
Accelerated orthodontics—techniques that may cut your treatment time by up to half—take in-person dental care. We use the latest tools to treat the gums and jaws, which accelerates the work of clear teeth aligners.
Your teeth are unique; your goals are unique; you need a treatment plan designed just for you. Mail-order companies don’t give you a range of options—just the same plan as everyone else.
5. Mail-Order Could End Up Costing You More
A key motivation for using mail-order aligners is cost. It’s true that the up-front average cost of Invisalign treatment looks higher.
But that’s not the whole story.
Mail-order treatment moves your teeth with older technology based on faulty impressions—without dental supervision. Some patients have reported their Smile Direct Club horror stories of their teeth moving to the wrong positions.
If you have to do your whole orthodontic process over again, that will cost you more in the end!
Call Today to Schedule Your FREE Consultation Right Now
Remember, the Invisalign process can straighten your whole smile, correct bite problems, rotate individual teeth, and correct other smile issues.
That takes a dedicated team and experienced dental specialists working with you. If you want to make sure you get stunning Invisalign results, you need to visit our dentist office in San Jose. Call Advanced Dentistry by Design today to get a totally FREE consultation.