October 9, 2022
Here at Dudley Smiles Orthodontist, we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient. And we also know just how convenient things can be online. This blog is online! We’re glad you’re here! See what 5 things you wont get with mail-order orthodontics.
Shopping, work, entertainment… sometimes it seems like we can get everything we want or need taken care of at the computer! But wait a second, what about our medical and dental care?
Anybody who’s been on a quick tour of WebMD can tell you; you don’t want to try and be your own doctor. So do you want to be your orthodontist? Well, that’s what mail-order options like Byte or SmileCareDirect want to sell you.
But what are mail-order orthodontics? How do they work, and what am I missing from them? Let’s find out.
What are Mail-Order Orthodontics?
Mail-Order orthodontics starts with an online questionnaire and a few grainy cell phone pics. You’ll get an outdated gunky impressions kit in the mail, and, assuming your needs are capable of being treated with aligners, a set will arrive a few weeks later.
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 Dudley Smiles, 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 don’t I get with mail-order?
Dr. Si Dudley and the team here at Dudley Smiles want to ensure that you get everything you need to keep you smiling. What are we missing when we go online? Anonymous mail-order operations will tell you that you can save time and money. That’s often just the opposite of what happens.
Plus, you’d also miss out on all these great benefits. Benefits like:
Free In-person consultation
Dr. Dudley is a member of the Issaquah community, just like you. And, just like you, he knows it’s essential to make every dollar count. That’s why consultations are free – every time.
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 having corrective body-altering work performed, and that’s why we’ve gone out of our way to ensure that Dudley Smiles is a fun, relaxing environment. Whether it’s our Issaquah or Sammamish locations, we want you to feel welcome!
Personalized Treatment Plans
Dr. Dudley has years of experience setting patients up for success and has the expertise to develop a personalized course of care just for you. You can’t get that online.
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. Why risk it?
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 with the attention of proper in-person orthodontic treatment, it’s easier to be sure you’re on the right track.
Dr. Dudley 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!
We at Dudley Smiles love aligners just as much as everyone else. That’s why we proudly offer the latest Invisalign and Spark aligners and state-of-the-art iTerro scanning tech. But every set of teeth is different, and traditional metal braces are sometimes the best option. You can’t get that online.
At Dudley Smiles, you’re not a number.
Mail-Order orthodontics is all about the bottom dollar when it comes down to it. Dr. Silas Dudley, or Dr. Si to his friends, is fulfilling his dreams by practicing the trade he loves and improving the lives of the people he lives close to. Don’t you want that kind of care regarding something as important as your dental and orthodontic health?
See why Google rates Dr. Si and Dudley Smiles at a 5 out of 5, and let’s get you smiling today!