You've all seen those commercials about teeth straightening without dental visits. Sure, it is convenient, but is it actually good for your teeth and gums? Let's Talk about it! There are a few companies that offer in-home orthodontic aligners, which patients use to straighten teeth without EVER seeing a dentist in person. They just ask you to take photos of your teeth, bite down on a mold, and you will get orthodontic aligners in the mail. The First Problem I see is there is no comprehensive evaluation done by a dentist prior the treatment. It is the protocol of the American Dental Association to have a complete oral evaluation done by a dentist before any orthodontic treatment. It is important for a dentist to diagnose the condition of the teeth/gums prior to orthodontic treatment. For example, if the patient has decay, plaque, gum disease or other conditions, this must be treated before the orthodontic treatment in order to prevent further complications or exacerbation of current dise ...