‘…it comes to how much!?’
It’s no secret that Invisalign is a premium orthodontic treatment option that often comes with the price tag to match.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for Invisalign to set you back by several thousand dollars!
Especially when seeking treatment from a highly-skilled and experienced orthodontic specialist.
While the idea of saving money by handling the treatment yourself may seem appealing, the reality is:
Attempting to DIY your Invisalign can have serious consequences for your oral health and the outcome of your treatment.
In this guide, we outline the dangerous (and often permanent) repercussions of popular do-it-yourself Invisalign kits, and the best teeth alignment options for your needs and budget!
Is DIY Invisalign Safe?
No. Treating teeth at home without professional orthodontist supervision can lead to pain, loss of teeth, expensive errors, long-term oral complications, and an even less confident smile.
Why Invisalign Should Only Be Carried Out By Experienced Dentists
Invisalign and other teeth alignment processes are complex. Before treatment, you should be assessed by a certified doctor, taken through an orthodontic exam, and have X-rays and diagnostic photos taken to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Most at-home Invisalign kits only contain a do-it-yourself mold kit and pamphlet.
Similarly to braces, throughout your treatment, your orthodontist will monitor your progress and advise when to tighten, change, or adjust your trays for best results.
This is imperative to the success of your teeth alignment treatment.
With a treatment where there’s no room for error, doing it yourself is simply not worth the risk.
Because there are a LOT of risks!
The Dangers of DIY Teeth Aligners
Permanent Loss of Teeth
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a major risk of attempting DIY aligners is the possibility of permanent tooth loss.
Instead of achieving the beautiful smile advertised, some patients are left with the emotional trauma of missing teeth, hindering their ability to smile with confidence.
Some DIY aligner companies ask you to take a selfie of your smile, while others send you a kit to make a dental impression at home.
This is like asking someone who has never held a paintbrush to paint a masterpiece!
Even slight errors in the dental impression can result in significant problems with tooth alignment. Instead of fixing issues like overbite, crossbite, rotated teeth, and gaps, these mistakes can make the problems even worse and impact your self-esteem further.
Damage to Bones & Gum Tissue
Rushing the alignment process or applying excessive pressure on specific teeth can lead to harm to the jawbone and the underlying bones. The gums may also become loose and recede.
Unfortunately, with DIY aligners, there are no professionals present to monitor the situation and prevent permanent damage.
Cheap solutions to important dental issues rarely produce a good outcome.
After patients are left with a crooked smile, damaged gums, and loose or missing teeth, they often have to turn to a professional dentist to pick up the pieces. In the end, instead of saving money, you may spend far more on surgery or dental implants.
Lack of Professional Monitoring
DIY aligner programs leave monitoring progress up to the patient.
If issues arise such as severe pain or discomfort, or if you have questions about your treatment, it can be challenging to get in touch with a licensed dental professional or Invisalign specialist in a timely manner.
The wait could be weeks, leaving you in uncertainty and discomfort.
Fake Results & Success Stories
In a world where anyone can buy a lab coat and a dental office backdrop, it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to your health and wellness.
Beware of ads and fake “testimonials” which are a form of marketing designed to take advantage of people.
Your smile is a valuable asset, and just like you wouldn’t entrust the design of your dream home to an amateur architect who has only played simulation games, why take that risk with the feature that represents you to the world – your smile?
Benefits of Professionally-Fitted Invisalign
Whether your child or teen has crooked teeth, or after many years of putting it off, you’re ready to invest in your smile – Invisalign can offer you all kinds of benefits:
- Straighter Teeth – Straighter teeth are easier to clean, chew food with, and also prevent jaw strain and pain.
- Increased Confidence – You’ll no longer feel self-conscious when the photographer says, “say cheese!”
- Enhanced Oral Health – Better access to your gums and hard-to-reach areas will reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Why Choose BellaVista for Your Invisalign Clear Braces?
Treatment with DIY teeth aligners is not doctor-monitored, leaving you at risk of permanent damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bones. The good news is that there are better options for obtaining your dream smile, even on a budget.
At BellaVista Dental Care in Ahwatukee, South Phoenix, we offer all-inclusive Invisalign treatment. Here’s what that entails:
- Initial consult. (Virtual available for new patients)
- All Invisalign-related visits
- All Invisalign treatment
- All necessary corrections
With the all-inclusive Invisalign care your treatment is not over until you are happy with your results – once you have the smile of your dreams!