I didn’t know anything about the existence of companies offering DIY orthodontics until I received this email from the British Orthodontic Society this week.
I find this a worrying trend and similar to the increase in illegal whitening providers. My concern relates to the possibility of harm that could be caused by these types of treatment if they are carried out on patients with undiagnosed dental disease or for whom orthodontics may not be the most appropriate solution. Aligner treatment may not be the most suitable treatment for patients and some patients may be better suited to fixed appliance therapy. I would like to know what type of guarantee of patient satisfaction that these companies provide.
At Confident Orthodontics, we provide a complimentary no obligation examination of your teeth and discussion of the possible options for treatment for potential patients and would be happy to provide this for you. We will be offering a free Clincheck for Invisalign between 15th April and 15th May so you can see how your teeth could look with treatment without any obligation to proceed with treatment.
Dr Helen Griffiths
British Orthodontic Society (BOS) Statement on Do-it-yourself braces
A number of websites are offering patients the opportunity to carry out their own orthodontic treatment at home. Most involve patients being “assessed” as to their suitability for treatment using “selfie” photographs which the patient takes themselves with their mobile phone. If deemed suitable, and upon the payment of a fee, the appliance is sent to the patient. Most take the form of a series of aligner-type appliances.
The BOS is extremely concerned about this trend for the following reasons
- A full clinical examination by a trained clinician is necessary to decide if orthodontic treatment is in the best interests of an individual patient
- There are a number of different types of orthodontic appliance with different advantages and risks. Patients need to be aware of the choices available to them and also to understand the risks of treatment
- Unsupervised treatment will at best result in a compromise result and at worst may cause damage resulting in expensive dental problems or even early tooth loss
The British Orthodontic Society strongly advise patients not to undertake such treatments.