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While you may excel at home repairs, computer rebuilding, and assembling furniture, embarking on do-it-yourself orthodontics is strongly discouraged. The availability of generic clear aligners might entice you with potential cost savings, but the question arises: Is straightening your own teeth a prudent undertaking? Before succumbing to temptation, let’s delve into the products and dental science involved.


Orthodontists and experienced dentists utilize Invisalign clear aligners for customized smile treatments. A 3D image of your teeth is captured through the iTero Element® scanner. Using specialized software, your doctor can meticulously plan each anticipated shift in your teeth and provide a visual projection of your final smile.

Your Invisalign aligners are precisely tailored to fit your teeth, employing the 3D scan and 3D printing technologies. Crafted from SmartTrack® material, engineered for an impeccable and comfortable fit, these aligners are even trimmed to match your unique gumline, minimizing irritation. Upon the arrival of your initial Invisalign aligners at our Boca Raton office, Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz ensure proper fit, address any usage and care queries, and outline expectations. Progress is monitored through regular visits every six to eight weeks, and for teens, blue “compliance indicators” signal adherence to the recommended 20-22 hours of daily wear for optimal and swift results.

Generic Aligners

For generic aligners, you may be required to create a putty mold of your upper and lower teeth, a task not easily accomplished. Aligners are then mailed to you, typically constructed from rigid plastic with generic gumlines. The absence of in-person medical supervision can lead to uncertainty about proper fit.

While potentially less costly, generic aligners lack the oversight of a dental professional. The supervisor, based on molds and selfies you provide, recommends a series of aligners without assessing overall dental health or ensuring proper teeth and gum readiness. Moreover, they cannot determine if teeth are moving correctly during usage.

Despite potential success in minor tooth straightening, generic aligners are ill-suited for complex bite issues or malocclusions. Utilizing them without supervision may exacerbate dental problems.

In conclusion, while DIY projects may succeed at times, your teeth and bones warrant professional attention. Entrust the creation of a beautiful, even smile and a balanced, comfortable bite, while ensuring dental health, to experts like Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz for gentle, proven, and successful care.

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