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Some online orthodontic companies make their treatment sound so easy. Perhaps you take a selfie and/or an impression of your teeth or get your teeth scanned. Next, you receive aligners in the mail and after so many months – straight teeth! Right? What else is there to think about?

Before you decide to proceed with a direct-to-consumer orthodontic company, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) believes there are a number of factors and questions you may want to consider.

75%

An estimated 50-75% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment.

1/3

One out of three orthodontic patients are adults.

3.9M

An estimated 3.9 million children are orthodontic patients in the U.S.

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Why Do Straight Teeth Matter?

Why Do Straight Teeth Matter?

Straight teeth matter because they provide more than a great smile. Teeth are like gears on a wheel. They are made to fit together in a certain way to do a certain job.

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