Understanding “DIY Ortho”

25 Feb 2019 Uncategorized

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At myORTHODONTIST, we are proud to be an accessible and comprehensive resource for orthodontic treatment in Calgary and Okotoks. While we provide professional orthodontic treatment to our patients, we are also here to help our patients understand and make decisions about their overall oral health. We know there are many questions buzzing around the current trend known as “DIY Orthodontics” and we are happy to help shed some light!

Today’s digital age has made videos, articles and even mail-order businesses, all over the internet, extremely accessible. An example of this would be Smile Direct Club.

The Canadian Dental Association has issued a public statement on this topic and has cautioned people against DIY Orthodontics. They have warned that “using direct-to-consumer dental appliances may not give you the most appropriate care to achieve your desired results”. Remember, moving teeth is a medical procedure and needs personal supervision by an orthodontist. Consider this.. what other transforming medical treatment would you undergo without supervision?

DIY orthodontics can lead to expensive oral problems or corrections. A cheap and easy short-cut may seem like a good idea, but it’s important to research and understand the process. If you are interested in orthodontic services, we highly recommend you consult with a certified orthodontist. The AAO issued a list of questions that you can use to inquire with direct-to-consumer companies for orthodontic treatment. However, once you read their questions, you will realize that seeing an orthodontist is the best option. Remember that orthodontic treatment is not simply a product, but a service supervised by a certified orthodontist!

Contact us at myORTHODONTIST if you have questions about DIY Orthodontics or orthodontic services.

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