If you have crooked teeth, an overbite, or gaps in between your teeth, you qualify for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is not just about having a beautiful smile, it also involves moving the teeth and the jaws thus having a positive effect on your overall dental health as well as your bite. It seems like it’s possible to order just about anything on the Internet nowadays. Would you ever order your braces on the Internet though? There’s been a surge in the popularity of websites and providers that are offering “do-it-yourself braces”. The process involves companies having patients take impressions of their teeth using a putty and trays and having them mail it back. A dentist then reportedly examines them and works up a treatment plan using software, without ever actually physically seeing the patient. A series of clear aligners are then made and mailed out to the patient.

While getting braces through this method may be cheaper, there’s a number of reasons why this process should be avoided:

  • No Follow Up Visits

The purpose of follow up visits with Dr. Nooshin Majd after getting your braces is to ensure that your treatment is on schedule, your teeth are moving in a safe manner, and everything is in proper order. One of the biggest hazards with a hands-off approach to orthodontic treatment is the lack of proper treatment tracking, which can end up doing more harm then good.

  • Health Hazards Are Missed

Prior to placing braces, Dr. Majd performs a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure that they’re healthy enough to undergo orthodontic treatment. If you have any cavities, gingivitis, or you’re overdue on a teeth cleaning, Dr. Majd will recommend addressing those issues first before proceeding. A sole set of impressions cannot provide enough information to make such a determination.

  • Proper Diagnostic Work-Up

A comprehensive, diagnostic work-up involving x-rays and photographs of your teeth and face are crucial in preparing a detailed treatment plan. Having all necessary diagnostic records assists Dr. Majd in analyzing and determining whether or not your teeth and bones are in good health to undergo orthodontic treatment. In cases where it isn’t so, alternative treatment options can be presented to you. Companies that provide “online braces” lack this critical diagnostic component.

Risking complications to your orthodontic treatment to save money isn’t worth the risk. With decades of combined experience, our professional, fully certified team in in Laguna Niguel, California located in Orange County, California specializes in providing affordable, comprehensive orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages. Call our office at 949-831-7790 and one of our team members will happily assist you with any questions you may have!