3M™ Clarity Aligners and Traditional Braces: Safer Alternatives to Orthodontics by Mail 

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Orthodontists are specialists who receive two to three years of specialized education in addition to their dental school education. With this training, they become specialists in aligning the bite and straightening teeth.

Many dentists associated with orthodontics by mail companies, like Six Month Smiles and Smile Direct Club, do not have this specialized training, which is why straightening your teeth with orthodontics by mail products is risky for your dental health.

There is much more to the process of correcting your smile than just straightening the visible portion of your teeth, other factors such as aligning your bite also need to be considered, which is why the expertise of an Orthodontist is crucial for successful treatment.

3M™ Clarity Aligners are customized to fit your mouth. These clear aligners provide Dr. Gutiérrez with unbeatable control of tooth movement and smile esthetics. With 3M™ Clarity Aligners, patients receive a clear, comfortable way to correct their mild to severe teeth positioning issues.

All treatment is done with examinations before and during treatment as well as supervision by Dr. Alex Gutiérrez, Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, making them a high-quality, safe alternative to traditional braces.

Orthodontics by Mail vs. 3M™ Clarity Aligners

With so many options out there to correct your smile, it can be difficult to know which options are best. Clear aligners are a popular option among children, teens, and adults, offering a discreet and hassle-free way to straighten your smile. It’s important to keep in mind that not all aligners are created equal.

There are orthodontic companies out there who promise to straighten your teeth via mail. Companies like Snap Correct, Six Month Smiles, and Smile Direct Club are just a few of the orthodontic companies on the market who claim they can correct your smile with clear aligners sent to you through the mail.

These companies claim that all you need to do is send them a scan, a selfie, or an impression of your teeth which they will use to produce a pair of custom aligners for you. After you receive your aligners, they claim you were them for a few months, and you will have a straighten smile as a result.

It can be detrimental to your smile and the health of your teeth to utilize a service like this, so it is essential to understand the dangers of orthodontics by mail and to understand safer options available such as 3M™ Clarity Aligners.

Dangers of Orthodontics by Mail

This option may sound too good to be true, and that’s because it is. These types of orthodontic by mail services are not the safest way to get a straighter smile. The American Dental Association passed a resolution advising patients not to use orthodontic mail providers because of the risk of harm that can come from this type of treatment.

Many of these companies don’t require an in-person orthodontic exam or supervision from an orthodontist throughout the treatment. During orthodontic treatment, examination of the teeth is vital to ensure they are healthy. Without any examination before or during this treatment, moving the teeth could result in:

•    Gum loss
•    Tooth loss
•    Misaligned bite

•    Other irreparable damage to teeth, bones, and jaw

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports that nearly 13 percent of their members are seeing patients who have used these DIY teeth straightening treatments, some of which have experienced irreversible damage.

3M™ Clarity Aligners for Safe and Effective Orthodontic TreatmentClarity Aligners

As an industry leader in orthodontics, 3M™ has corporate operations in 70 countries with sales in 200 and is committed to developing the technology and products that can help advance companies, enhance homes, and improve patients orthodontic experience.

This dedication to innovation extends to 3M’s orthodontic products as well. With 3M™ Orthodontic Products, you receive top quality performance, efficiency and high-quality smile esthetics for a smile you can be confident about. Clarity Aligners™ are developed using 3M™ Science, resulting in a shortened treatment process and an improved orthodontic experience for the patient.

Premier Orthodontic Care in Tampa

3M™ remains a constant name on the Fortune 500 demonstrating a range of scientific, technical, and marketing successes over the years. With more than 60,000 3M products being used in business, homes, and hospitals and other countless industries, Gutiérrez Orthodontics is proud to bring the innovative and effective 3M™ Clarity Aligners to our Tampa patients.

Contact Gutierrez Orthodontics today to schedule your free consultation for 3M™ Clarity Aligners.

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