Why? It’s illegal for orthodontists and dentists to engage in fee-splitting activities and you deserve better professional care!
I know what it is like to look in the mirror and not like what I see. This is why I decided that it was time to take control of my oral health and investigate Invisalign prices in New York City. Invisalign was like hearing about a miracle. After all, who wouldn’t want a nearly invisible way to correct one’s smile? Further research told me that I could invest in orthodontics and have a discreet and effective way to align my teeth. However, though Invisalign gave me a smile I could be proud of, I soon realized that working with professionals is important. The right orthodontists are able to check my progress, ensure my treatment plan worked, and were really supportive. This is why people should beware of purchasing Invisalign online through Groupon and other social coupon sites. Dentists and orthodontists in New York City with Groupon offers for Invisalign are engaging in illegal fee-splitting. Beyond the fact that this is unethical, you don’t know if the treatment quality is meeting the highest standards when you’re buying your orthodontic treatment online.
The following are just some of the many reasons that I worked with an orthodontist and avoided buying braces via the web:
- Professional Support: When you are purchasing Invisalign online, you are not necessarily receiving treatment from a dental professional who fully understands the nuances of Invisalign. When you meet with an orthodontist after doing careful research, you can be certain that you are establishing a relationship with someone who works with patients: inspecting the teeth, making impressions, and taking X-rays. This is a chance to really be sure that Invisalign is right for a person’s orthodontic issues. After all, different people may need different treatment plans. Ordering Invisalign online means that you are cutting out a key piece of the equation: vetting the orthodontic professional you’re about to work with. Invisalign is not something to play around with. I needed to be sure that this treatment would work with my teeth. This is where the Invisalign expert came into play. They understand how to diagnose oral health issues, how to work with teeth, and how to explain the Invisalign process to people in a clear and specific manner.
- Treatment Plan Adjustment: Sometimes treatment plans need to be adjusted. After all, different people respond in different ways to Invisalign. A patient might need to stick with a specific aligner slightly longer. The only way to know if you are on the right track is to work a professional who takes a hands-on approach to orthodontic treatment. When I worked with an orthodontist, I had a lot of questions about the aligners and treatment. It really helped to have a professional to turn to for all of my questions and needs.
- You Get What You Pay For: Another danger to purchasing Invisalign online is that sometimes the aligners are not real and the company is a scam. These poor decisions can cost a customer thousands of dollars. If I’m going to invest in the trays and the treatment plan, I need to work with an expert in the field to ensure my teeth are properly cared for.
Dr. Joseph T. Hung is a top 1% Invisalign orthodontist, dentist and orthodontic expert, award-winning doctor and halitosis specialist. His practice, RockCenter Orthodontics, is a leader in Invisalign and orthodontics – the art of straightening teeth for patients throughout Manhattan, New York and the tri-state. Dr. Hung is also the founder of Orthodontist Insight, a blog on orthodontics to educate people on dentistry.