If you’ve been researching how to straighten your teeth at home, chances are you’ve been bombarded with ads for mail-order aligners. These DIY orthodontic systems promise fast smiles or straighter teeth in six months or less, which might sound promising (and very tempting) but these claims simply aren’t realistic. There’s no “quick fix” when it comes to orthodontics and you wouldn’t DIY a filling, so why would you DIY your orthodontic treatment?
But fortunately, there is a safe way to straighten your teeth at home. With Sensational Smiles, you get the best of both worlds: convenient treatment on your own schedule, together with the expert oversight of a Diamond+ Invisalign Provider.
Ready to discover the DIY orthodontics vs. Sensational Smiles difference? Read on to learn more about our process and how we’re a step above other at-home aligner systems.
The Dangers of Mail-Order Orthodontics
Don’t get us wrong, we understand the temptation of a faster, cheaper route to a straighter smile. If there was a way to safely get a perfect smile on an accelerated timeline from the comfort of our own homes, we’d all be doing it. (Spoiler alert: there is, so keep reading!)
The problem with most at-home aligners, though, is that they’re not backed by orthodontists. Sure, there might be a dentist involved (key word: might) but they only need to complete a single weekend course to be “qualified” to provide these so-called “fast Invisalign” treatments. An orthodontist, on the other hand, has years of specialty training in aligning bites and straightening teeth. In other words, all orthodontists are dentists first but not all dentists are trained orthodontists.
You might be wondering what’s the worst that can happen if you opt for aligners you order online. If you’re lucky, you’ll simply end up with unexpected, inadequate results. But in many cases, these unmonitored orthodontic systems can cause lasting damage to your teeth that may require extensive orthodontic treatment to correct. It might seem like an affordable way to straighten your teeth at first, but it could end up costing you big in the long run.
At-Home Aligners: What’s the Difference?
It should go without saying that not all orthodontic treatments are created equally. There’s a significant difference between aligners your order online and the ones you get with Sensational Smiles. It starts with the very beginning stages of your treatment and continues on to the day you put away your last set of aligners.
With mail-order aligners, your treatment starts without x-rays or a clinical exam, which means the company you’re ordering from doesn’t have adequate information to tell if your teeth, gums, and jawbone are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment, not to mention DIY orthodontics. You simply do some DIY dental impressions at home and send them in. The company then makes your aligners based on these primitive impressions and you’re on your own to go through your treatment plan.
At Sensational Smiles, we take accuracy and safety very seriously. We use a state-of-the-art iTero scanner and 3D x-rays to take digital, intra-oral images of your mouth in order to diagnose and create a precise treatment plan. After all, orthodontic treatment fundamentally changes your facial structure, so it’s important to have a professional custom-design a smile that complements your facial features. One of our Diamond+ Invisalign Providers will plan and oversee your treatment from start to finish, guaranteeing your smile is on track from day one.
But the biggest advantage of Sensational Smiles is that we use real Invisalign aligners — not the knockoff versions that other at-home orthodontic systems use. With Sensational Smiles, you can trust you’re getting the very best — including Invisalign’s SmartTrack technology and the fact that our aligners are cut to the gumline for maximum comfort. We’ve just made it easier, more affordable and more convenient.
Why Choose Sensational Smiles
Unlike other mail-order aligner systems, Sensational Smiles combines the convenience of at-home orthodontic treatment, the proven results of Invisalign and the knowledge of a trained orthodontist. We offer real Invisalign treatment that you can safely complete from the comfort of home, not a knockoff version that could lead to problems down the line.
However, many patients choose DIY aligners over Invisalign because the latter can be much more expensive. But cheaper is rarely better, especially when it comes to straightening your teeth. That’s another way Sensational Smiles is changing orthodontics as you know it: our at-home Invisalign costs 60% less than traditional treatment. We also offer flexible payment plans, so you can get the smile you’ve always dreamed of in a way that works for your budget.
At the end of the day, everyone deserves to have a smile they love. At Sensational Smiles, our goal is to help you get there safely, effectively, and affordably. Instead of taking the risk on aligners you order online and DIY orthodontics, contact us to book a complimentary consultation with one of our Invisalign experts to discuss your options today.