Consumer Alert

With a number of online mail-order orthodontic service models appearing on the market, the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is warning the Australian public about the health risks associated with consumer do-it-yourself (DIY) or direct to consumer orthodontics, involving little or no face to face supervision by a registered dentist or orthodontist.

This trend is gathering momentum in the United States, with some aligner manufacturing companies now encouraging people to take teeth straightening into their own hands by purchasing ‘DIY’ clear aligners with no in-person assessment by a specialist orthodontist or a general dentist.

Australians need to be aware of the dangers and limitations of attempting to move their teeth with at-home kits, which include the risk of serious damage to teeth and gums and poor treatment results. Moving teeth is a health care procedure and should involve the personal supervision of a specialist orthodontist to ensure treatment is carried out safely and effectively.

For some consumers, ordering tooth aligners online may seem convenient and cost-effective, however consumers need to be aware that if things don’t go well, the costs involved in repairing damage can far outweigh the initial investment.

The ASO urges consumers to be wary of these risks and recommends a comprehensive in-person assessment with a specialist orthodontist before considering treatment with clear aligners.

For more information go to Orthodontics Australia