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The Truth About Invisible Braces

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Close up of woman with visible braces making a heart shape with hands

Despite their popularity, not all invisible braces are safe. That's why in 2019 the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency launched an investigation into direct-to-consumer operators of clear teeth straighteners. The American Dental Association followed with a direct-to-consumer survey in 2020.

Invisalign Invisible Braces

Invisalign was the first company to introduce invisible braces. Invisalign clear aligner technology has come a long way since 1997 when two Stanford University students unveiled the first teeth straightening clear aligners.

The invisible braces offer an alternative to metal braces with some major advantages for the right candidates. In addition to being barely noticeable, another huge benefit is that the trays can be removed while eating and for oral hygiene.

Invisalign requires in-person visits every few weeks to assess your progress. The molds for your new trays will be created by your orthodontists with precision technology. However, you can use virtual scans to follow your progress.

Invisalign still has the highest success rate. Even so, clear aligners may have some drawbacks. For instance, they can cause your gums to recede. Therefore, patients with gum disease should seek advice from their dentist before beginning the treatment. It's also important to make sure the treatment plan will suit your needs and be comfortable.

Invisible Braces Home Treatment Dangers

The success of Invisalign has led to the emergence of so many new companies that now offer Invisalign alternatives for patients who aren't ready to go to an orthodontist every few weeks.

These do-it-yourself teeth straightening alternative poses some serious health concerns for patients and dental professionals.

Some of these teeth straightening alternative systems like Byte Aligners and Candid can have comparable results. in some cases, orthodontists may use them, but some people prefer the Invisalign system for more reasons than just appearance.

If you're thinking about trying a clear teeth-straightening treatment at home, there are a few things to consider. For starters, these kits can cost as much as a visit to the dentist. They also require frequent visits to check on the progress of the orthodontic treatment and detect other oral health problems, such as gum disease and cavities. If you're worried that clear teeth straightening treatment at home may damage your teeth, you should avoid them and stick to professional services.

Some of these products can be uncomfortable and can even damage your teeth. It is impossible to get the necessary precision molds at home. Also, trying to move the teeth too quickly can cause pain and poor results. Many mail-in companies require that you sign a liability waiver before they can ship you a set. In addition, clear teeth straighteners may cause gum problems resulting in tooth loss.

One company that has raised a lot of concerns and complaints is Smile Direct Club

Smile Direct Club Customer Dissatisfaction

After going public in 2014, Smile Direct Club's stock price has plummeted 40 percent. Regulatory complaints have landed the company in court, and it was recently revealed that it is selling its aligners to dentists and online.

The company admits that it has received thousands of complaints, most of which relate to shipping delays. However, NBC has not supplied the same information to its viewers. A look at some of the major complaint sites should also provide a better understanding of what the company has done to address these issues.

The company has tried to limit customer feedback and has responded by asking customers to remove their online reviews.

One of the biggest complaints is that the aligners did not work. In fact, many people have reported severe problems with teeth, jaw pain, and even migraines after they removed the aligners. Several people admitted that Smile Direct Club forced them to sign non-disclosure agreements to remain anonymous. Despite its attempts to limit public dissatisfaction, the company has received over 1,800 complaints from the Better Business Bureau since 2014.

If you have considered using do-it-yourself invisible braces, please visit your orthodontist to seek advice before buying the kit.

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