Mobile vs. Traditional Orthodontics

Mobile vs. Traditional Orthodontics
Posted on 08/01/2019
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We're seeing more and more advertisements and commercials for mobile orthodontics: orthodontic treatment administered from a van, truck, or even over the Internet. At first, it may seem convenient, but mobile orthodontic treatment often has hidden risks. As a leading orthodontist serving the San Antonio, TX area, we've been helping patients of all ages achieve healthier smiles for years, and we'd like to talk about some of the hidden problems of mobile orthodontic treatment. 


Orthodontic Vans: Less Than Meets the Eye

On a basic level, an orthodontic van can't provide the same level of patient care as a traditional orthodontic office, as there's simply no way to fit the equipment and technology of a modern orthodontic office into a van. But there's also another, even bigger problem: in an orthodontic van, there is usually no actual orthodontist on-site, only technicians. An orthodontist is a dentist that has had two more years of additional training after dental school at a university accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), which is training and education that technicians simply don't have. 

Complications, Pain, and Loose Teeth

The dangers go beyond poor treatment. Without an orthodontist present, there's no way to perform treatment in the event of an emergency. At our practice, Dr. Gonzalez is available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week for ANY emergency. In fact, when you call the after-hours number, the recording will give you his contact number which is usually his cell number. Very few physicians or dentists make themselves available to their patients like we do – and that means you're getting an added level of protection and safety in your orthodontic treatment. 

The Importance of a Registered Dental Assistant

The dental assistants at our orthodontic practice are all licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE), which means they're required to have annual continuing education as well as be certified in CPR. We are the only orthodontic practice in San Antonio with a full-time, state-licensed dental laboratory with a full-time licensed laboratory technician on-site. Our lab tech, Mark, has over 25 years of experience in making orthodontic appliances. He is also required to have annual continuing education to maintain his licensure. Having our own laboratory ensures that we are able to provide the highest quality appliances in the shortest amount of time, even on the same day as your appointment. This is a level of care that mobile orthodontic offices simply don't provide. 

Should I See a Licensed Orthodontist for Treatment?

In a word, absolutely. Seeing an orthodontist at each visit is extremely important to make sure that you are on track and to make sure that there are no complications, and orthodontic vans and internet treatments can't provide this vital oversight. Dr. Gonzalez is a Board Certified Orthodontist with over 25 years of experience and the only orthodontist in the city with privileges at both Methodist Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. To have hospital privileges, a doctor must undergo a rigorous review of his abilities and knowledge as well as a vigorous background check – which means that when you choose treatment with us, you're getting the highest quality possible. 

Schedule a Consultation for Braces in San Antonio, TX

While mobile orthodontic treatment may seem convenient, it comes with some serious downsides and can even prove unsafe in some cases. The best way to ensure quality of care is to work with a traditional, board-certified orthodontist, and if you're ready to start treatment for yourself, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our practice and schedule your consultation. We can't wait to hear from you!