Approach Direct-to-Consumer Dental Products With Caution
You can buy just about anything online these days. Most people love Amazon and home delivery services. It’s convenient and saves us the hassle of having to visit a store. That’s a great model, but it’s hard to bring that to dentistry.
Our Millburn NJ dental office has decades of experience treating some of the most complicated dental problems you can imagine. So it’s hard for us to see patients go down the path of direct-to-consumer dental products before they understand every facet of their own problems or the most effective treatments.
When you visit our office, we’ll be working with professionals who have treated issues like yours countless times. We also have advanced technology to aid us in giving you a better smile. There are two direct-to-consumer products we like to discuss today: teeth whitening and orthodontic aligners.
Straightening Your Teeth Without Braces … Or Dentists?
About 15 years ago, clear orthodontic aligners like Invisalign became a popular way to treat patients with mildly crooked teeth. These aligners work fast and are virtually invisible, so you don’t have to worry about looking like a preteen during your treatment. They are also removable, which makes it easier to clean the teeth and eat whatever you want.
Our office has been offering Invisalign for patients for many years. And now we’re seeing mail-order-orthodontic companies spring up around the country. These companies offer a multi-step system to straightening the teeth. First, you take an impression and send it through the mail. Then the company will fashion your aligners. It seems like a convenient way to straighten teeth, but it has many blind spots. The two problems are:
- Lack of access to professionals
- Lack of results
Mail-order-orthodontic patients will never meet the person or people on the other end setting up their treatment. They have no idea who the person is or their credentials. And when you don’t have a dedicated professional in your corner, you can’t adjust the treatment or seek a professional. This also makes it difficult to get the most ideal results.
At Millburn Dental Arts, we handle every aspect of your treatment, from taking the impressions to scheduling every stage of the treatment. And you always have the chance to pick up the phone and speak with our professional staff directly.
Teeth Whitening At the Dentist
You can find teeth-whitening treatments in every single drug store in America. There are whitening strips and whitening gels. Americans spends millions of dollars on whitening treatments every single year. Over-the-counter whitening treatments can help brighten your smile, but the gains are usually small. Or, the treatments don’t reach every part of your mouth because they are not uniform to your smile.
Millburn Dental Arts is using professional whitening treatments to give you a brighter, more uniformed smile. We’re using a high-strength whitening system and custom mouthguard to make sure we whiten every corner of your smile. You’ll make huge smile gains with our whitening treatments. It’s also important to know that while whitening is safe, you need to have healthy gums and teeth before applying whitening agents to the teeth. Applying any whitening to damaged teeth or gums can cause sensitivity.
Find the Best Dentist for Professional Results
There are a lot of ways to brighten your smile or straighten your teeth. For precise results, we suggest that you visit our Millburn NJ dental office and partner with our incredible staff. We work with you to ensure you’re happy with your results. Give us a call today at (973) 261-6370 to schedule your treatment.