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Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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Invisalign appliances are expensive but needed treatments to help people of all ages correct oral issues and get a healthier, straighter smile. Naturally, companies unaffiliated with medical organizations have started advertising DIY solutions to straighten teeth, including mail-order Invisalign aligners. One of these is Smile Direct Club, which Reese Orthodontics recommends!

Continue reading to learn why visiting an orthodontist and receiving accredited treatment is the safest way to ensure that you treat your oral health rather than inhibit it with this blog on dentist Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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Why Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are used instead of braces to treat many of the same oral issues. These include bite problems like overbite, underbite, and crossbite, as well as spacing and crowding issues. They cannot always treat severe issues, but their convenience and subtle appearance make them popular alternatives for eligible patients.

Unlike braces, which require frequent tightening at follow-up appointments, Invisalign treatment uses aligners of multiple sizes that are replaced on a schedule. This makes the treatment more convenient than braces since it requires fewer office visits, can be removed to eat or play sports, and is far easier to keep clean than metal braces.

For patients, this means a healthier, more convenient, and above all more comfortable treatment compared to normal braces.

Dentist Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club

Office treatments have many benefits that DIY Invisalign solutions cannot offer. At-home braces from mail-order kits, such as Smile Direct Club, can impact the growth and movement of your teeth as advertised since some are very similar to professional appliances, in theory. However, you may not realize at first that this is precisely why they are so dangerous.

The force applied to your teeth by DIY appliances may move your teeth, but it may not move them in the right way. Since self-prescribing patients do not receive x-rays, they have no way of knowing if they are helping or hurting their oral health by using these appliances.

An accredited orthodontist can examine, diagnose, and treat your oral health based on the proper timeline for your individual case. DIY solutions purport to be one-size-fits-all treatments, but no such thing exists. Patients require individualized care to ensure that treatments help rather than hurt their condition.

While at-home kits generally provide a dentist for the initial appointment and sometimes have clinics, they do not offer care during treatment or any post-treatment support to ensure that it goes as planned.

Risks of Do-it-Yourself Invisalign

Other than the lack of proper consultation, at-home Invisalign treatments pose other health risks. The first is discomfort. Since DIY treatments are not as carefully tailored to your needs, they can lead to more discomfort during treatment than professional Invisalign.

Improperly fitted appliances can lead to root damage if they move teeth in the wrong way. Gums can recede and teeth can become loose and fall out. This can lead not only to tooth decay but even to gum infections. Anything is possible without a professional’s supervision. If you still want to go this route, a nice middle ground could be visiting us at the office during your Smile Direct Club treatment to ensure you stay healthy.

Finally, the biggest attraction of at-home Invisalign, the lower treatment cost, may not end up being true. If the DIY solution stops working, causes pain, or damages your teeth, you may need to see a dentist and orthodontist for proper treatment anyway, effectively doubling your treatment costs in addition to causing damage and discomfort.

Other Types of At-Home Treatments

There are many types of at-home dental and orthodontic treatments beyond Invisalign. Treatments such as teeth whitening kits, cheap dental tools, teeth shapers and aligners, and even mouthguards can be dangerous without a doctor’s supervision.

As an example, many treatment kits offer tools on how to remove enamel to reshape or clean teeth. However, there’s no way for an amateur to know how much enamel to remove. They could use cheap tools to go straight through the outer coating to the vital enamel beneath and damage their teeth.

In this and many other ways, DIY dental treatments can reduce the lifespan of teeth, cause serious health problems, and result in the need for professional treatment in the long run, anyway. Always make sure to consult a licensed professional for treatment. At-home kits are cheap because the treatment they provide is just as cheap.

Choose Reese Orthodontics

If you’re an adult who is considering braces, you need professional advice on your treatment and payment options. For orthodontic treatments in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatments can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatment options are right for you.

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible treatment in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).