Some online orthodontic companies make their treatment sound so easy. Perhaps you take a selfie and/or an impression of your teeth or get your teeth scanned. Next, you receive aligners in the mail and after so many months – straight teeth! Right? What else is there to think about?

Before you decide to proceed with a direct-to-consumer orthodontic company, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) believes there are a number of factors and questions you may want to consider.


An estimated 50-75% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment.


One out of three orthodontic patients are adults.


An estimated 3.9 million children are orthodontic patients in the U.S.

What’s trending?

Is There a Benefit to Early Treatment?

Is There a Benefit to Early Treatment?

The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to intercept developing problems, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jaw bones, and provide adequate space for permanent teeth.

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Taking Care of Retainers

Taking Care of Retainers

Nothing can prevent 100% of tooth movement, but when retainers are worn as prescribed, they are the best tool available to minimize movement.

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