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Frequently Asked Questions

Information About Mail-In Orthodontics vs. In-Office Visits

With the growing popularity of mail-in orthodontic companies, many patients are left wondering if they still need to visit an orthodontist. Here at Patritto Orthodontics, we are here to answer your questions and help you achieve a brighter, straighter smile.

Please read through the questions below. If you have further questions, we encourage you to contact us today at 641-673-4120.

Why are mail-in orthodontic companies so popular?

Mail-in orthodontic companies are popular due to two main factors: cost and convenience. Many individuals find Smile Direct Club, Snap Correct, and Smile Love appealing because they do not require visits to the orthodontist and treatment can be completed within the comfort of your own home. While these treatments may seem like an easy way to achieve great results, in a lot of ways, what is promised is too good to be true.

Please be sure to research and read all Google reviews and the Better Business Bureau sites before trusting a mail-in company. You can also call us at Patritto Orthodontics and get a free, no-obligation consultation where you can have all your individual treatment options discussed.

How are mail-in orthodontics different from in-office treatments?

The biggest difference between in-office and mail-in orthodontics companies is how the treatment is administered. With a mail-on orthodontic company, all of your treatments are completed at home. There is not in-person evaluation with an orthodontist. When you work with an orthodontist, they can track your progress, identify any potential issues, and make adjustments as needed.

How is Smile Direct different from Invisalign®?

On the surface, Invisalign and Smile Direct are the same products — in 2017, the patents on Invisalign’s aligner technology expired, which created the opportunity for startups to begin recruiting consumers. Both systems use clear, plastic aligners to progressively straighten your teeth. The biggest difference is who oversees your progress and identifies how well you are responding to treatment.

What are the benefits of in-office orthodontic treatments?

Mail order orthodontics may be convenient, but at the end of the day, when you choose an orthodontic office, you are establishing a long-term, helpful relationship with a doctor and team who truly care about you.

Do you need x-rays with mail-in orthodontics?

Dental x-rays can be a nuisance, but they play an important role in designing a treatment plan for you. They help see what is happening beneath your gums and gives limitations. X-rays allow us to examine your jaw and bones and identify issues such as decay, impacted molars, and more. Ask yourself what other transforming medical treatment would you undergo with an in-person, pretreatment evaluation and ongoing in-person supervision from a medical professional.

Remember orthodontic treatment is not a product or device. Orthodontics is a professional medical service.

Have Questions? We Are Here To Help. Call Us Today

Do you have questions about mail order orthodontics treatments or wondering how we can help you achieve your dream smile? Please reach out to us today. We operate out of two locations in Ottumwa and Oskaloosa, IA.

Our team is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you gain the smile you deserve.

Call our Ottumwa 641.682.8143 or Oskaloosa 641.673.4120 office to make an appointment today!

Ottumwa Location

727 E Pennsylvania Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501


Monday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed daily from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Oskaloosa Location

110 N E St
Oskaloosa, IA 52577


Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Closed from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm