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Bloomberg News (9/20, Wolf) reported on companies that provide direct-to-consumer products intended to straighten teeth without a visit to the orthodontist’s office. The article reported that “a growing number of orthodontists,” however, are “warning consumers about the possible dangers of undergoing a complex medical procedure without the in-person supervision of a dental professional.” This year the American Association of Orthodontists issued a consumer alert warning people about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies and encouraging consumers to think twice before undergoing a procedure “without an in-person, pre-treatment evaluation or ongoing in-person supervision from a medical professional.” AAO associate general counsel Sean Murphy said, “There’s more to treating a smile than just moving visible portions of the teeth,” adding, “If you want to increase access to care, you have to make sure it’s in the best interest of patient health and safety.”

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