It seems like you can’t scroll through social media these days without seeing an advertisement for mail-order aligners. They claim to be able to straighten your smile using a series of clear aligners, without ever needing to see an orthodontist. If that raises alarm bells in your head, trust me, you’re not the only one!
As an orthodontist, of course, this entire concept makes me pretty nervous. However, I completely understand why something like this would be appealing to the general public. Not only do they boast that they can eliminate your regular check-ups, they also claim that they can cut your treatment time… sometimes by a pretty significant amount.
I knew that in order to convince people to walk away from this “too good to be true” offer, I had to come up with an alternate solution. I wanted to provide the same convenience, but also ensure that the treatment is safe and effective.
At Love My Smile Chicago, we are proud to offer 123Straight, a limited orthodontic option that offers a lower price point and generally shorter treatment times for clear aligner trays. You can improve your smile in as little as twelve months or less. The big difference between 123Straight and the mail-order aligners is our commitment to be there every step of the way to make sure you’re getting the best results, safely.
The fact is, you need an orthodontist to supervise your treatment. The lack of oversight that comes with the online only treatment option can actually lead to permanent damage such as gum recession, loose teeth, and even permanent tooth loss. Trust us, you won’t be saving any money if you end up having to deal with issues like this in addition to your alignment issues.
Who’s Eligible for 123Straight?
We’ll need to schedule an initial exam so we can make sure your alignment issues are a good match for a limited treatment option like 123Straight. If you’ve had braces or aligners before and want to address some shifting that has happened since your treatment, this is the perfect solution for you! Even if you’ve never had an orthodontic treatment before, you may be a good candidate if your alignment issues are mild to moderate.
During your initial exam, we’ll also take x-rays to make sure there are no underlying dental issues that need to be addressed before you start this treatment plan. This is something you won’t get with mail-order aligners, which I do find very concerning.
Another benefit of 123Straight over mail-order aligners is the fact that you can choose a treatment option that will best address your specific alignment issues. Mail-order companies offer one treatment option… that’s it. The odds that it ends up being exactly what you need are not great. Why pay money for a treatment that isn’t actually going to help you? Even if it is cheaper than other options, that’s still money you’re basically throwing away.
Once we’ve determined that you are a good match for 123Straight, we’ll help you choose one of the following options:
The Quick Fix – This is perfect if you have a couple teeth that are out of place or very minor spacing or crowding issues.
Mild Motion – This is ideal for those who have more spaces or rotations, and/or noticeable overlapping.
Relative Revamp – Did you ditch your old retainer long ago? Restore your beautiful smile with this option.
123Straight isn’t a generic one-size-fits-all solution. It’s catered to you, but requires fewer visits and comes in at a lower price point than you’re probably expecting. Learn more about 123Straight or feel free to reach out to us if you’re ready to schedule a consultation. At Love My Smile Chicago, we want you to get a smile you can feel good about in a way that works for your lifestyle and budget.
This article was checked before publication by Dr. Kitt Stevens. Dr. Kitt is dedicated to providing honest, authentic, and transparent information about orthodontics because she believes every patient who walks through her door deserves the absolute best care possible.