Mail-Order Dental Care Has Arrived In Quebec — And Dentists Are Concerned

It seems that in the Internet age, you can get orthodontic treatments done by mail order, without having to visit with an actual orthodontist.

A Nashville-based company called SmileDirectClub opened a Montreal-area office just a few weeks ago. It advertises its services heavily online — a cheaper, easier way to get your teeth straightened.

Clients would visit an office — which the company calls a “smile shop” — to get their mouths scanned. An orthodontist would review the scan, and then manufacture clear plastic aligners which are then mailed to the patient, and all this, for a fraction of the cost of conventional orthodontic treatments — up to 60 per cent less, according to some of the company’s ads.

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