The Dangers of Using a Startup Company to Straighten Your Teeth

The Dangers of Using a Startup Company to Straighten Your Teeth

The Dangers of Using a Startup Company to Straighten Your Teeth

Teeth straightening startup companies are plentiful and often convince consumers to use their service for convenience. Consumers that are straightening their teeth at home using a startup company are playing a dangerous game since it can lead to teeth sensitivity, permanent damage, and tooth loss.

Popular Direct to Customer Teeth Straightening Companies

Here are some of today’s popular teeth straightening companies: 

  • Smile Direct Club
  • Candid Company
  • Smile Love
  • Clear Correct
  • Byte
  • Snap Correct
  • Six Month Smiles

Contact Dr. Jacquie Smiles today for your no-obligation teeth straightening appointment in NYC or call 212-972-3522Our office is conveniently located near 30 East 40th Street Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Startup Companies vs. Local Orthodontists

The convenience of startup companies is often appealing to consumers until the pain is involved throughout the treatment process. At-home teeth straightening treatment involves receiving a kit and taking molds of the teeth which reveals the positioning. This mold is then shipped in the mail to the startup company so they can create the aligners. Once the aligners are designed, they are sent to the customer and used as directed.


Consumers that receive teeth straightening treatment by visiting a local orthodontists office has direct access to a licensed professional that carefully guides them through the process. The molds are taken professionally in the office by experienced and qualified staff members. The clear aligners are given to the patient with specific instructions to make sure they receive maximum benefits. An orthodontist easily observes the process and can detect any potential issues the patient might go through during the treatment process. The orthodontist also has the ability to add buttons to the Invisalign treatment to speed up the process and help the patient experience faster results.

The main difference between using a local orthodontist or a startup company is the fact that patients have easy and quick access to a local orthodontist while startup companies lack this option. 

Straightening teeth is a serious treatment that needs to be supervised. Teeth are gradually moved into a place which can cause some discomfort and sometimes pain during treatment. Consumers that use a local orthodontist can visit the office at the first sign of distress for further assistance while consumers that use startup companies often suffer from the pain.

Dangers of Using a Startup Company to Straighten Teeth

  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • Tooth loss
  • Infection
  • Lack of visits to an orthodontist
  • Unforeseen issues not detected in the mold
  • Lack of communication between the customer and the startup
  • Lack of guidance on a professional level

Benefits of a local orthodontist

At-home teeth straightening treatment maybe be risky. You might feel scared to consider teeth straightening that is basically done through the mail. The good news is, you can get your teeth straightened with aligners by a professional orthodontist

Here are some of the benefits of using a local orthodontist over a startup company to straighten your teeth:

  • Supervision by a professional
  • Other orthodontic issues addressed before treatment to prevent pain
  • Overall better results
  • Monitoring throughout treatment
  • Progress updates
  • Any issues addressed immediately by a professional
  • Professional recommendations during treatment

Your local orthodontist will provide you with overall care, treatment, and guidance. You will feel calm and safe while proceeding with your teeth straightening treatment. Most of all you will have a professional in your corner in case you experience pain or any other issues during treatment. Are you ready for your teeth straightening treatment? 

Another Excellent Reason to Use a Local Orthodontist

Local orthodontist Dr. Jacquie Smiles is an Invisalign Elite Premier Provider and has been recognized as a top provider since 2003. She also offers a new treatment called AcceleDent Aura which accelerates treatment times for orthodontic appliances such as Invisalign.

Consumers that are interested in straightening their teeth as fast as possible should take advantage of this service which is only available in-office. Local checkups with a licensed orthodontist are recommended to help speed up the treatment and better monitor the progress with regular visits to the office.

Are you ready to straighten your teeth as fast as possible? Contact us today to get started! Insurance and financing options are available. 

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Dr. Jacquie NYCDr. Jacquie Smiles began her career in orthodontics dentistry at Boston University and became the first female Director of B.U.’s Predoctoral Orthodontic Department. Since then she has become an expert in orthodontics and opened several offices in New York and New Jersey.

Contact us today for your no-obligation teeth straightening appointment in NYC. You may also call Dr. Jacquie Smiles at 212-972-3522Our office is conveniently located near 30 East 40th Street Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.




Illegal Teeth Whitening Treatments on the Rise in the United States

Teeth whitening in the United States is high in demand, and it’s expected to remain this way for years to come. Dental whitening is a multi-billion dollar business that non-dentists have managed to tap into and earn a piece of the pie, but is it illegal? Read below on the signs of illegal teeth whitening and how to avoid causing damage to your teeth. 

In recent years the industry has struggled over whether non-dentists should be allowed to whiten teeth. It’s surprising these days that consumers can walk through a mall and suddenly have the opportunity to whiten their teeth from a kiosk that doesn’t employ a licensed dentist. Some of these kiosks even have teenage employees working with patients and are responsible for administering the teeth whitening procedure properly.

Schedule your teeth whitening treatment in NYC with a professional orthodontist. 
Call Dr. Jacquie Smiules at 212-972-3522 or fill out the contact form to receive additional information. 

The Institute for Justice, which is a non-profit libertarian law firm, revealed that dental boards in 25 states took steps to shut down the teeth whitening mall kiosks and other similar establishments. Some of the states now follow the law that only allows licensed dentists, assistants, and dental hygienists to conduct teeth whitening procedures on patients. Other states are expected to follow the same rules as dentists continue to struggle to regulate the industry.

Dental organizations support the restrictions and still believe customers are at risk due to retailers practicing dentistry illegally.  Studies reveal that 20 percent of the population in the United States would consider receiving teeth whitening treatments at mall kiosks, beauty salons and other establishments that don’t have a licensed dentist on the premises.

The fact that anyone can have access to illegal teeth whitening procedures puts the public at risk of damaging their teeth. Some consumers have reported they were given a high dosage of peroxide, the main ingredient in most teeth whitening gels, that made their teeth extremely sensitive. Other issues related to treatment received at illegal teeth whitening establishments include damage to enamel and tooth loss.

Consumers often choose convenience over visiting a dental office to whiten their teeth. Stopping at a mall kiosk while running errands creates convenience but it doesn’t mean it’s safe. An accidental mix up with the dosage can lead to someone losing their teeth which often leads to emotional trauma.

Signs of illegal teeth whitening establishments

  • It’s located at a mall kiosk – Pop up booths that are placed in a mall or at an outdoor festival usually don’t have a licensed dentist on the premises to conduct or oversee the procedure.
  • They come to your home to do the process – Discount offers that provide at-home service. This situation usually means the person doing the procedure doesn’t have a permanent location to conduct business. This scenario often leads to the consumer never being able to locate the person again if the service causes the damage.
  • It’s found in the back of a beauty salon – Salons often provide their customers with a variety of beauty services, but a dental procedure such as teeth whitening shouldn’t be an option.
  • It’s too cheap – Some teeth whitening services that are obviously illegal are the ones that provide treatment for an extremely low cost to attract more customers.

Consumers need to be aware of teeth whitening scams that can damage their teeth permanently. Dentist offices provide a variety of teeth whitening services that offer better results than any mall kiosk. Customers are often pleasantly surprised to learn teeth whitening treatments at a dentist office is affordable and safe! The battle between dentists and illegal teeth whitening establishments are expected to continue until the industry is regulated.

Are you ready to whiten your teeth and reveal a brighter smile? Contact us today to get started!

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Contact us today for your no-obligation teeth whitening appointment in NYC. You may also call Dr. Jacquie Smiles at 212-972-3522Our office is conveniently located near 30 East 40th Street Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

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