Orthodontics Blog

The Dangers of Online Orthodontics

Some things in life simply need to be left to the professionals, yet some companies keep pushing those boundaries. Online orthodontic companies offering “DIY Braces and Clear Aligners” may seem alluring at first, but the risks far outweigh the benefits. The negative reviews posted on these companies speak for themselves. DIY orthodontics are marketed by online companies claiming to provide the same service and results as actual orthodontists, but the treatment is not supervised in person by a licensed and trained orthodontist.

Check out this video done by the American Association of Orthodontics about their stance on the matter:

Achieving a perfect smile is a complex process, and straight teeth aren’t only for cosmetics. The alignment of your teeth impacts your jaws, lips, speech and your ability to chew. Because no two mouths are the same, it is imperative to have your individual treatment plan developed by a trained orthodontist. 

Online orthodontics may be more inexpensive initially, but may end up costing more to fix damage from attempts at DIY tooth movement. The American Association of Orthodontics has issued consumer alerts to warn patients of the documented dental problems that have resulted from DIY orthodontics. You can read more about the AAO’s warnings of online orthodontic companies here.

At Caudill Orthodontics, our experienced orthodontic team studies multiple components of each patient’s mouth, including tooth alignment, bite, gums, and tongue to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. This requires developing a treatment plan from digital imaging, and x-rays followed by orthodontic adjustments to your teeth and bite execute your customized treatment plan.

Please consider the long-term health effects of “DIY braces and clear aligners” in comparison to the supervision of a certified orthodontist that has at least 10 years of post high school education and training to plan and create your perfect smile. We invite you to schedule a complimentary exam to learn more about your orthodontic treatment options. We specialize in traditional metal braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and more. We also have payment plans and accept most dental insurance. Call us today (321) 259-3237 or click here to request an appointment.  We would love to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.