CONSUMER ALERT

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.

What’s trending?

Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Braces vs. Clear Aligners

One appliance is not inherently better than another. What is used for an individual’s correction will be based on the goals of treatment, and the patient’s lifestyle needs.

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What is a Deep Bite?

What is a Deep Bite?

A deep bite is a malocclusion in which the upper front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth when back teeth are closed. This is also called an overbite or closed bite.

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