Here at Decatur Orthodontics, we know how great it can be to get stuff done online.
Shopping? Check. Travel arrangements? Check. Entertainment? Double-Check!
But what about my orthodontic care? Lately, tons of services have sprung up seemingly overnight, offering a straighter smile while skipping out on everything that comes with it. No appointments, no scary machines, and no hassle! They promise a whole lot – including less expensive and faster care.
But are they too good to be true? Spoiler alert – They totally are. In fact, you could end up spending thousands of dollars you didn’t anticipate and having to deal with years of extra work needed to make up for the damage done by mail-order orthodontics!
We asked Dr. Francis to sit down with us and give us some info on this new trend. So, without further ado, here are 5 things you won’t get with mail-order orthodontics.
What are Mail-Order Orthodontics?
Mail-Order Orthodontics is really just what it sounds like – You go online, fill out a questionnaire, send a few (hopefully accurate) cell phone pics, then wait a few days or weeks, take a few (again, hopefully accurate!) impressions by yourself, then (eventually) receive a clear aligner in the mail.
The hope is that by ordering online and taking the impressions yourself, you’ll save a few trips to an office and maybe a few bucks. But what is the reality? Well, here at Decatur Orthodontics, we can think of a few reasons why you probably want to keep orthodontic procedures to the orthodontic experts – Let’s talk about a few of them below.
What am I missing with Mail-Order?
Nobody wants to spend more money and more time running errands. That much is obvious, so it makes sense that you might consider trying mail-order orthodontics for yourself or a loved one.
Here’s the trick – you’d miss out on all these great benefits by going online. Benefits like:
Free In-person Consultation
Dr. Francis is a member of the Decatur community, just like you. And, just like you, he knows it’s essential to make every dollar count. That’s why consultations are free with Decatur Orthodontics – every time.
Personalized Treatment Plans
In the best-case mail-order scenario, you’ll take a picture of your teeth that convey some superficial features of your teeth and jaw’s structure and health. DIY impressions will (hopefully) accurately model more in-depth features of your starting point so that an anonymous provider can mail you a dubiously-fitting aligner.
Dr. Francis has decades of experience setting patients up for success, and they have the expertise to develop a personalized course of care just for you. You can’t get that online.
With mail-order orthodontics, there’s just no way to ensure your treatment is going according to plan. Teeth and jaws respond differently to treatment, and without the attention you can get with proper in-person orthodontic plans, it’s challenging to be sure you’re on the right track.
Dr. Francis and the team will make sure that no matter how your teeth and jaws respond to care, going forward, you’ll be moving in the right direction!
A warm, inviting atmosphere
Your and your loved ones’ tooth and jaw health are important to you, and it’s important to us, too. We know it can be intimidating to have corrective body-altering work performed, and that’s why we’ve gone out of our way to ensure that Decatur Orthodontics is a fun, relaxing environment. Any way you slice it, we’re the Midtown/Intown location you want to be at!
Top of the Line Equipment
Our 3D lab has the latest and greatest in cutting-edge orthodontic care. Why mess with goopy DIY impression models that could easily give an inaccurate model of your teeth and jaws?
At Decatur Orthodontics, those sorts of outdated methods are a thing of the past. Get a digital scan and a 3D printed set of aligners here at our office, frequently on the same visit! And now, with our all-new Grin® Remote Monitoring technology, you can check up with Dr. Francis from the comfort of your own home! Just download the app, and you can scan and send images of your teeth, have teleconferences, and more. It’s easier than brushing your teeth!
Grin® means less hassle, fewer office visits, and faster outcomes for you and your loved ones. So you get the benefit of cutting edge orthodontic methodologies without sacrificing all the benefits that come with the personalized care of an expert like Dr. Francis.
Stop In and Smile!
Now that you’ve got a handle on just a few of the great benefits of in-person orthodontic care, why would you want to risk it with mail-order? I don’t know about you, but the best tech, the fastest outcomes, and a team of dedicated professionals who care about me and my family? That’s a no-brainer!
So give us a call and schedule your free consultation today! We can’t wait to see you smile!