At Walt Orthodontics, we strive to provide exceptional orthodontic care. Central to this is that Dr. Walt provides each patient with a customized treatment plan. Every patient presents with a different set of circumstances. Dr. Walt is specially trained to respect the limits of orthodontic treatment in each patient so that safe care is delivered.
We understand that life is busy. Parents work. Kids go to school and have after-school activities. Finding time to see the orthodontist has become increasingly difficult. Luckily, technology has evolved whereby custom orthodontic appliances, such as Invisalign, can allow for minimal appointments and faster treatment times. Custom orthodontics allows for a more convenient experience. But just how convenient can your orthodontic experience be?
Many of you have heard about Smile Direct Club in the USA – and soon enough, it will be in Canada. Smile Direct Club is a company that mails aligners directly to your home. To get started with the process, one goes into a retail store to get an intraoral scan or takes old-school impressions using a special kit.
The biggest difference between getting orthodontic treatment by an Orthodontist in-office compared to Smile Direct Club is the role of the doctor. Dr. Walt does a thorough exam which allows for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Walt and his team are involved in every step of the process – from the initial consultation to the retainers at the end. Further, Dr. Walt is trained to deal with any complications that may arise from tooth movement. With Smile Direct Club, there is no clinical exam, no x-rays, no monitoring of the progress. Who manages complications from tooth movement while using Smile Direct Club? We aren’t quite sure.
Furthermore, when moving teeth with aligners, discrete attachments that are glued to the teeth and interproximal reduction are essential parts of the process to ensure predictable tooth movement. Since these procedures can only be done by a regulated dental professional, they are not part of treatment offered by Smile Direct Club. One can therefore assume that the results with Smile Direct Club aligners can only be limited.
Knowing how to move teeth correctly and safely is not easy. There is a reason why Orthodontists need to go to school for a decade. We understand moving teeth from the comfort of your own home sounds convenient – but take a moment to think about the potential consequences. Incorrect tooth movement can result in irreversible damage.
We offer complimentary consultations at convenient times. Feel free to contact us for more information.