The Massachusetts Dental Society's Word of Mouth Publication Addresses “Online Orthodontics”

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass..—Sept. 30, 2019The Summer-Fall 2019 issue of Word of Mouth®, a semi-annual consumer publication of the Massachusetts Dental Society, features the cover story, “Online Orthodontics: Too Good To Be True?”

Targeting younger adults, a new breed of “do-it-yourself,” or DIY, online orthodontic companies are offering a seemingly simple solution to those seeking a better smile: Answer a few multiple-choice questions, snap a picture on your phone, bite down on an impression tray, and “snap,” you’ll have some plastic teeth aligners delivered to your door.

Thousands of consumers have responded to the allure of “quick,” “convenient,” “cost-effective,” and “hassle-free” orthodontics by putting their smile—and their oral health—in the hands of these online companies. But is it safe?

The article highlights what the public should know before deciding on remote treatment through a direct-to-consumer orthodontic company.

Other highlights of this edition include:

Word of Mouth is an award-winning publication made available to dental practices and libraries as a way of providing important oral health information to the public. Information in Word of Mouth comes from dental health care professionals of the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and other resources. 

All issues of Word of Mouth are available online in the publications section of the MDS website at


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