The Dangers of DIY

Put Your Health First: Choose Orthodontics Over DIY

If we’ve learned one thing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the importance of putting health and safety first. That makes this a good time to remind new and prospective patients why it’s far better to straighten your smile with the help of a skilled and trained orthodontist rather than using a do-it-yourself option.

The Dangers of DIY Aligner Methods

DIY braces may seem like a fast and easy solution, but at-home methods can lead to long-term oral health problems that will ultimately require the expertise of an orthodontist to correct. Attempting to save money in the short term can have long-term consequences, both on your wallet and your health.

Why is that? The DIY approach is typically a one-size-fits-all solution. It doesn’t take X-rays or conduct exams – in other words, it doesn’t take your personal situation into account. In addition, there is no orthodontist to monitor the process, evaluate your progress, assess whether treatment is proceeding as it should, and adjust your treatment plan if needed. The resulting health issues can be significant: long-term bite problems, tooth misalignment, and infections are just some of the problems that can crop up after trying DIY orthodontia.

The Advantages of a Board-Certified Orthodontist

Rather than risking your smile and health with a dangerous DIY “solution,” turn to a proven expert who lives and works in your hometown. A board-certified orthodontist is uniquely educated and trained to provide the expert services needed to help you gain a healthy, beautiful smile. These are just some of the benefits of working with a licensed professional orthodontist:

Personalized Treatment Plans
At Adirondack Orthodontics, an on-site, board-certified orthodontist will complete X-rays and a visual exam, explore your medical history and tailor a customized treatment plan that meets your specific needs. We can even utilize technology to show you what your new smile will look like before we begin treatment!

Customized Payment Plans
When it comes to your budget, Adirondack Orthodontics has you covered. We can tailor a plan that will work within your budget, and we are a participating provider with nearly all insurance plans. We’ll also work with your insurance company to make sure you get the most out of your benefits and handle all the administrative details so you don’t have to.

Long-Term Retention
One of the most important factors that make choosing an orthodontist superior to a DIY method is retention, or the ability to keep your smile after the treatment. At Adirondack Orthodontics, lifetime smile maintenance is guaranteed.

Convenient, Friendly Service
Flexible scheduling, caring and compassionate staff members, and affordable service are just some of the qualities that set us apart. At Adirondack Orthodontics, our patients are our most important priority!

Invest in Your Smile Today

Your health is too important to risk with a do-it-yourself treatment. Turn to the team that provides a personalized solution under the supervision of a licensed, board-certified orthodontist.

Get started at Adirondack Orthodontics today and allow us to create a treatment plan just for you! We are proud to treat all cases, no matter the challenges. Whether Invisalign is the best treatment for you, or you choose another solution such as ceramic or metal braces, we are here to help you gain and retain a beautiful smile.

You deserve the best in oral care, so skip the gimmicks and invest in your smile by calling Adirondack Orthodontics. Schedule an appointment today at one of our convenient locations in Clifton Park, Albany, Latham, or East Greenbush, NY. It would be our pleasure to provide you with incredible orthodontic care that puts your health, safety, and smile first!

A Beautiful and Healthy Smile is Not a DIY Project

Renovate your own bathroom? Sure, you can do that. Change your car’s oil? Of course. Do your own home landscaping? Sounds good.

But you wouldn’t think of trying to diagnose your own illness or perform surgery on yourself. It’s no different with orthodontics: creating a beautiful and healthy smile is a project best left to the professionals.

You’ve probably seen companies offering do-it-yourself braces, and with the ease of getting started with a few internet clicks, it’s tempting to consider. But it’s important to understand the risks involved, as well as the benefits of being treated by a specialist who is educated and trained in orthodontics.

Without being seen by an orthodontist, a patient has no way to know if they have underlying problems that could be exacerbated by braces – tooth decay, abscessed teeth, or gum infections. With unsupervised care, we have already seen damage resulting in tooth extractions, bite problems, and potentially dangerous infections. And without a personal assessment and regular monitoring, a patient has no idea if their DIY braces will actually work, or instead cause additional issues.

Orthodontists are experts in diagnosing individual cases, which differ for each person. They know the mechanics behind how bones, teeth, and gums shift and grow during treatment. They assess progress on a regular basis and adjust treatment as needed to produce better results, and they are there for the lifelong retention phase. In short, orthodontists are the only people who can ensure an effective and safe experience.

Your smile is too important to be a DIY project, and your health is too vital to trust a computer algorithm over a caring, educated, and trained orthodontist. Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation, and let us show you the best way to achieve a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

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