When it comes to straightening your smile, if you’re actively serving in the military, then your options are limited. Metal braces are out of the question. You can’t start basic training with them, and you can’t deploy with them. While invisible aligners are an option, you realistically can’t keep up with in-office appointments that traditional aligners require.
There’s good news for active military members: Remote teeth straightening is available through teledentistry.
Not only can you take your invisible aligners off to comply with training and other requirements, but you don’t have to worry about being seen in person for treatment. There are options that allow you to have aligners shipped directly to you and to have your progress tracked remotely.
How Remote Teeth Straightening Works
The process starts with an impression kit to make a model of your mouth that is sent to you wherever you may be stationed. Your impression can be taken at home (or wherever you may be). It takes only 20 minutes and can be done without seeing a dentist in person.
Once you send back your impressions, a customized, doctor-directed treatment plan will be created by a network of more than 200 licensed doctors, dentists and orthodontists across the U.S. Your treatment plan will be designed keeping the proportions of your face and overall facial features in mind (they call it SmileScience), and you will be sent a 3D interactive model so you can see how your smile will change.
Then, you will receive your custom invisible aligners, complete with free teeth whitening. Also included will be your first retainer (designed for six-month wear) free.
What Makes Invisible Braces the Best for Active-Duty Military?
Military discounts are available, and pricing can be up to 70% less than traditional braces. Your insurance provider also may cover orthodontia, or you can use a health savings account to cover the cost of treatment.
One invisible braces customer, Robin, said: “I always wanted to straighten my teeth but couldn’t afford braces, or invisible aligners. I’m on step 10 of my aligners, and I’m already feeling so much more confident about my teeth.” Read more testimonials and see before and afters.
Some aligners come with an exclusive high-frequency vibration device called HyperByte, which is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to straighten teeth faster safely. You use it for five minutes a day (or 10 minutes, if you’re using nighttime aligners), and it cuts treatment time in half compared to other options. With select providers, it only takes three to four months on average to finish treatment. Not only that, but it reduces the discomfort you might feel with other brands when switching to new aligners throughout the course of treatment.
It’s easier than ever for active-duty military members to fit their aligners into their schedule. Some aligner options require 22 hours of daily wear, with an average treatment time of three to four months. But with newer models, you only have to wear them for 10+ continuous hours a day, and treatment takes approximately five to six months.
The aligners themselves are medical grade, comfortable and almost completely invisible, so the only person who has to know you’re straightening your teeth is you.
It’s Based in the U.S.
While military members don’t have to worry about regular in-office visits, select companies provide easy, online access to your care team — and are U.S.-based — seven days a week for any questions you may have.
Your Smile is Guaranteed for Life
Work with a company that offers a guarantee. Your smile is for life! And you deserve a provider that will help if your teeth move after treatment is complete. Ask whether they’ll provide additional aligners to correct any misalignment issues (provided you’ve been wearing your retainer).
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