With direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies growing in popularity, we feel the need to remind you what makes in-office orthodontic care so special. Besides building a relationship with your care provider throughout your months in treatment, in-person providers like Backus Orthodontics offer many advantages over virtual services. Let’s look at just a few benefits of seeing a local orthodontist near you.
Multiple Treatment Options
Many online services exclusively offer clear aligners as their only treatment option. While we love clear aligners at Backus Orthodontics, they’re not the best route for everybody. We’re proud to also have metal and clear braces on our treatment roster! These three care prospects allow us to provide care for a broader range of issues, meaning we can serve more people in the Hoover area!
Most online orthodontic companies require you to do an at-home mold impression and send photos of your mouth. While this information does help them plan your teeth progression, they’re missing a lot of key information regarding your oral well-being.
Why is your oral health important when it comes to moving your teeth? Well, moving the teeth when they are unhealthy could result in unnecessary pain and complications during your orthodontic treatment. Thorough examinations are critical during every stage of treatment to ensure the best results at the end! An in-person orthodontist like Dr. Backus can inspect your mouth for problems like cavities that could delay or change your treatment program. Dr. Backus and his team will also take X-rays and look for concerns lurking under the surface.
iTero Element Scanner
Backus Orthodontics is ecstatic to have an iTero Element Scanner in the office. This machine can often take the place of messy mold impressions and has many advantages over them. For starters, it’s more comfortable, accurate, and detailed. The iTero uses a small wand to take multiple scans of your teeth and gums, then compiles the images into a 3D digital representation of your mouth. Dr. Backus then uses this interactive model to plan your treatment program meticulously. He could also show you your predicted final alignment on the screen, which is a great motivator to begin and work hard during treatment.
Personalized Treatment Plans
There is no cookie-cutter treatment plan that works across all patients. And for good reason! Every patient’s situation, goals, and needs are unique to them! Trying to force every patient into a box would not result in beautiful alignments or satisfied patients because what works for one will not always work for another.
Dr. Backus carefully looks into every case before making any decisions. He looks at a patient’s oral health, teeth and jaw alignment, smile goals, budget, and lifestyle, each an essential part of the orthodontic treatment puzzle. With this information, Backus Orthodontics is able to give all of our patients a personalized treatment plan.
Unlike online providers, who primarily focus on specific age groups, Backus Orthodontics provides orthodontic care for the whole family.
Your child(ren) should see an orthodontist by age 7. Younger patients typically need to take part in Two-phase Treatment, and, as the name suggests, the treatment happens in different phases at different points in mouth development. Though it is unlikely they will need treatment at a young age, if it turns out they do, it’s better to know sooner than later.
Dr. Backus also treats teenagers and adults. It’s never too late to begin an orthodontic treatment to boost your self-esteem and gain the upper hand in your battle for oral health. Backus Orthodontics also provides retreatment care for adults who had previously undergone orthodontic treatment but, for whatever reason, are unsatisfied with their smile. This could be caused by improperly wearing the retainer, injury, natural teeth movement over time, and more.
We take pride in serving those in our community who need orthodontic care, regardless of age.
Backus Orthodontics Has Got Your Back When It Comes To Orthodontic Treatment!
This blog is not to discourage you from pursuing the best treatment option for you. If you feel a virtual, direct-to-consumer orthodontic service is right for you, don’t let us stop you! We simply want to encourage you to consider the “old school” option of driving (or taking an Uber) to an office.
Backus Orthodontics is honored to be an oral healthcare provider in Hoover, Alabama. Your continued support allows Dr. Backus to participate in multiple charitable organizations in town and give back to the community that has given him a career.
To learn more about what local orthodontist Dr. Backus and his team at Backus Orthodontics can do for your smile and the community, contact us to book an appointment today! We could — and do! — talk about orthodontics all day long, and we look forward to the opportunity to discuss it with you!