In Greater Waterbury, we’re online all the time, just like everywhere else. We get it. Shopping, working, streaming our favorite shows and movies… why not consider getting my teeth and jaw worked out without having to deal with all the fuss of seeing the orthodontist?
Naturally, you might be curious to check out mail-order orthodontics. But here at Clauss Orthodontics, we know that the corners you cut with these options can add up to biting off a little more than you can chew! Let’s dive into this and find out what you might be missing out on below.
What am I getting with mail-order orthodontics?
A few perfectly understandable reasons might attract people to mail-order aligners. They figure that an online option is less expensive, or they’re afraid to see their local orthodontist. But what are they signing up for?
You’ll most often fill out an online questionnaire, take photos of your or your child’s teeth, then receive an impression kit. A few weeks later, a set of clear aligners will be delivered, and your unsupervised solo journey to straightening your teeth will begin.
Another reason people might want to try online aligners is the perceived convenience of avoiding multiple visits. Bottom line? It seems quicker and cheaper. Unfortunately, you’ll never receive the same high degree of care with these options, and improper alignment could lead to much higher costs down the line.
Why should you stick to in-person treatment?
While the idea of avoiding an office visit might appeal, there are plenty of reasons to stick with professionals like Dr. Clauss at Clauss Orthodontics when it’s time to straighten your teeth.
Unlike online offerings, in-person orthodontic care includes personalized visitation with a trained specialist. While it may seem intimidating, Dr. Clauss will quickly put you at ease while providing an individual approach to your orthodontic process that will ensure a great-looking and healthy smile!
At the end of the day, an online option will never be able to offer the level of care of a competent professional providing you with face-to-face care. Initial visits will provide a comprehensive look at your teeth and jaw, catching problems a cell phone photo and set of DIY impressions could easily miss.
It’s common to require minor adjustments to your initial plan during orthodontic treatment. Teeth may realign more or less quickly than initially anticipated, or underlying issues below the gumline may come to light and need to be addressed.
With periodic visits to the experts, you can be confident that you’re receiving precisely the type of care you need, something that simply isn’t available with anonymous online options.
A full range of services
There are plenty of issues that online orthodontic replacements can’t handle. While aligners like Invisalign are convenient, there are some situations where braces are more appropriate for proper care.
Traditional braces are often required to deal with more advanced cases of malocclusion of the teeth and jaw misalignment. While an online service may claim that it can rule out cases its services can’t handle, the fact is that an anonymous remote plan is always going to be less effective at determining appropriate care.
A fun, welcoming atmosphere
At Clauss Orthodontics, we didn’t get the top dentist readers’ choice award three years in a row by being uninviting. Fun stuff for kids like retro video games and a monthly contest keep the atmosphere fun, and you’ll love the coffee bar and free wifi!
Clauss Orthodontics – Don’t leave your smile up to chance!
No one wants to worry about their orthodontic health, and here at Clauss Orthodontics, we don’t think you should have to. We’ve grown our business to two great locations in Watertown and Middlebury by paying attention to you and your needs. Dr. Clauss is certified by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists and sits as President of the Dental Society of Greater Waterbury. When you come and see us, you’re not a number – you’re family. Schedule an appointment today!