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?

Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners

Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners

Like traditional braces, clear aligners are designed to move teeth a little at a time. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, ever-so-slightly repositioning them.

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The Dog Ate My Retainers

The Dog Ate My Retainers

The working theory is that dogs are attracted by the smell of the materials from which retainers are made, as well as saliva. With their powerful jaws, dogs can render retainers useless in no time.

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