One of the best things about being alive in 2019 is getting to experience the glory of innovation.

Seriously, can a little 1988 version of yourself ever fathom pulling a phone out of your pocket to get food from your favorite restaurant to your door in under an hour?

While there is an unending list of services and apps aimed at simplifying day-to-day life, there are also a ton of amazing strides being made to simplify your health – and that includes getting a healthy, beautiful smile. Just take a look at clear aligners – they used to be out of most people’s budgets and pretty difficult to find. Now it seems like they’re everywhere!  But when it comes to trusting an aligner treatment provider, you need to pick one that has a proven track record of success without sacrificing convenience or affordability. That’s why Dandy is the best way to straighten teeth. 

With decades of developments in clear aligner technology, we’re living in a time where our smiles can be totally straightened without the hassle and pain of traditional metal braces. And just like there are a bunch of ways to get tacos to your door, there are quite a few options available to help you get straighter teeth. While we may be spoiled for choice, when you do some recon on the best options out there, you’ll see that it boils two major factors: cost and results.

And if you want to maximize results at the lowest cost to you possible, you’ll definitely want to consider using a dental provider like Dandy. 

How Dandy's Clear Aligners Are Different Than Its Competitors 

The process for getting clear aligners that straighten your teeth is fairly universal across providers. 

The process starts with obtaining impressions taken of your teeth (better providers rely on 3D scans instead of fussy, at-home putty impression kits) so orthodontists can create a personalized treatment plan. This means they decide which teeth need to move, how they need to move, and when they should be moved. Then, your treatment plan will be used to manufacture aligners that will be sent either directly to you or to your doctor’s office. Once they arrive, all you need to do is simply pop them onto your teeth and begin wearing them! Patients wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks at a time, and for 22 hours a day before moving on to the next set to keep your teeth moving!

While this is the general take on how clear aligners work across providers, different providers offer different levels of care and experience, ultimately affecting how much it will cost and the quality of results that you will achieve.

That’s where Dandy comes in.

Competitors like Candid and Smile Direct Club both offer their customers clear aligner treatment without having to see a dental professional directly. You simply receive an at-home impression kit or schedule a scan with their retail associates, and order your aligners right to your house. 

While it is nice to do things from the comfort of your home, it can present a few problems when it comes to getting the results that you’re looking for. For one, these direct-to-consumer brands are only suited for people with relatively mild cases. This means if you have an overbite, underbite, have teeth crowding, or even have unknown dental health issues (as 85% of the population seeking dental care does), they usually go unaddressed -- and that ultimately impact results.

Dandy on the other hand, works to marry convenience and high quality care in a way that satisfies both doctors and patients. 

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Affordable Teeth Straightening -- Done the Right Way

To get an idea of the Dandy difference, schedule a Snapshot appointment from the comfort of your home (or while in line at the grocery store). From there, you’re directed to a top-rated local doctor, who will take the initial 3D scans, panoramic X-rays and hi-res images so you can be treated safely and effectively. A Dandy orthodontist then reviews the scans and develops a treatment plan specifically designed to your needs. 

After both you and your doctor review and approve the plan, you order all of your aligners directly to your, cutting down on in-office time and overall cost.

In some cases, patients return to the dentist 1-2 throughout their Dandy treatment for quick, in-person procedures that help get better results.

Simple treatment costs $1,900 (or $88 per month) while more complex treatment comes out to $2,600 (or $122 a month). Working with Dandy gives you an opportunity to access simple payment plans as well as use your existing dental insurance insurance to  lower the immediate at-cost price to you.

Why The Dentist Visit is The Best Option for Clear Braces

When it comes down to it, the success of clear aligners depends on two factors: the right plan and the patient following it to the letter. 

“The biggest mistake any patient can make with clear aligners is not wearing them,” says Dr. Bruce Freeman, of Freeman Caro & Lands Orthodontics, an orthodontist who works with Dandy providers. Which admittedly sounds simple enough. But that isn’t really the only factor. While it is very important for patients to take responsibility for their care, having it overseen from the get-go can have a lasting impact on successful treatment. 

“Not seeing a dental professional to ensure the teeth and support tissues are healthy can absolutely impact the straightness of the smile. Working with dental clinicians will ensure the safe delivery of care resulting in a beautiful smile and a healthy bite.”

When investing in yourself, you want to do it right. Going with a provider like Dandy not only ensures you’re receiving top level care, it helps you save time and money. With affordable care that doesn’t sacrifice quality, you can bet in a few months time you’ll be flashing those pearly whites with pride.