How California’s DIY Orthodontics Laws Have Changed

Article By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  

The DIY orthodontics industry is booming but there have been so many complaints against these companies. That’s why California Assembly Bill 1519 was signed into law. DIY braces cost half what regular braces cost. But there are some inherent problems. We list a few of those issues below.

Without regular checkups by an orthodontist, teeth can move in the wrong direction. Once this occurs, it’s difficult to get them to move back properly.

Gum disease, oral cancer and other medical issues are overlooked.

Patients may not follow instructions. They may not adhere to treatment schedules. There’s no one to oversee their treatment.

How DIY Aligners Work

With DIY clear aligners, you see a virtual orthodontist in the beginning. They give you instructions about getting xrays completed. You have no idea whether this is being done by top notch professionals. Once the xrays are completed, the website sends you a series of clear aligners with instructions on how to use them.

Though you see a virtual physician at the start of your treatment plan, these websites such as Byte, Candid and SmileDirectClub have no way of getting monthly visits to an orthodontist for the patient.  In other words, you’re on your own.

Though some people do have positive results, many others have problems and there’s no one to help them. Past problems with these DIY aligner websites include:

Teeth move in wrong direction

Problems with overbite or underbite

Gum infections

Undiagnosed oral problems

California Assembly Bill 1519 was conceived to safeguard consumers. It helps people understand that they’re taking a big risk with DIY orthodontics. Patients need to see an orthodontist throughout the course of their treatment.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  Dr. Mark Rashidi and his staff at Remarkable Smiles provide Invisalign in Mission Viejo services. Get dental braces in Irvine, done by a professional with years of experience. Contact Dr. Mark Rashidi at Remarkable Smiles today.

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