• What You Need to Know About Home Delivered Aligners

    • May 20, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • Invisalign

    You may have seen ads for at-home aligner treatments. They promise lower cost, fast results, and zero in-person orthodontist visits. Sounds great, right? It can be incredibly tempting to go this route to achieve a perfect smile. We’re going to break down why this alluring offer isn’t a great idea, and what benefits an orthodontist office can offer you that these companies can’t.

    The idea behind these companies is no in-office visits: you can undergo aligner “therapy” right at home, and communicate with an assigned dentist/orthodontist remotely. First, they mail you a kit to take an impression of your teeth, you send some photos in, and an orthodontist reviews your case and develops your treatment plan from there. You don’t have to go to an office every month or so. However, there’s a good reason why orthodontist offices require in-office visits and regular checkups: They can offer you personalized, crucial advice during your treatment that remote orthodontists simply can’t offer. Patients are more likely to be honest with their orthodontist when they have a relationship with them, and they’re consistently chatting with them in-person. Orthodontists are also better able to understand how your teeth are reacting to treatment in-person and prescribe refinement scans if necessary.

    Oftentimes, orthodontists will order additional sets of refinement trays to make sure the patient’s smile is as perfect as possible. With home delivered aligners, what you get is what you get. While you might pay a fraction of the price, you don’t have the opportunity to speak directly to a doctor and have your bite properly evaluated for ideal function. Thus, your final result may not be the absolute best it can be. You don’t have to worry about that with an in-office orthodontist. We’ll make sure your smile is healthy and beautiful.

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Meet Your Team: Nick

With so much growth over the last few years, we knew we would need more hands on deck to organize our patient’s ortho treatments. Which is why we’re excited to introduce Nick, our Scheduling Coordinator and newest addition to the team!

Whether it’s setting up patient appointments or staff meetings, Nick handles all things scheduling. He weighs out the length of time a procedure will take to perform and coordinates that with the open clinic chairs, assigned staff, prescribed time in between appointments, and your availability, of course.

During his free time, Nick enjoys creating elaborate meals and hosting festive dinner parties. As a long-time culinary devotee, he’s the go-to expert for the latest and greatest spots to eat around town. But after a long day in the kitchen or office, he enjoys kicking back at home with his husband and Morgan, their senior Labrador pup.

Before joining West Loop Ortho, Nick was a salon manager at some of the top hair salons in Chicago. He began styling hair in his home state of North Carolina at the age of 19 because he loved helping others look and feel their best. But after knowing the ins-and-outs of the hair industry far too well, he decided to pursue his interest in healthcare administration.

Nick brings such a fun energy with his quick witted comebacks and musings, all while maintaining a ship-shape front office. Although career changes are never easy, we’re really glad he chose that route since it’s been amazing having him on the team.

Here’s How We’re Staying Safe

As you’ve probably heard from every news outlet, we’ve been experiencing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE, such as masks and gloves) across the nation. We’ve been working to secure our PPE supply since March and have been extremely fortunate to attain the appropriate masks, face shields, garments, gloves, and more, to protect ourselves and the wellbeing of our patients.

In other words, this is our new getup:

Even with our newly increased coverage, we’re still scrubbing down, sanitizing, and switching between our gear as per the CDC and American Dental Association dental practice guidelines during the pandemic.

But, that’s not all. There’s been a little re-decorating done around the office:

And our staff has made some changes to their everyday routines, such as recording their temperature, checking for symptoms, maintaining a separate change of clothes for the clinic, and washing their hands immediately upon arrival.

We’ve been spreading word of our new office visit protocol through emails and social media. But, in case you missed it…

Here is what you should expect during your next visit:



If you’re currently receiving treatment and haven’t been scheduled for an appointment you missed during our closure, please reach out to us at info@wlortho.com or give us a call at 872.222.9567

With all that said, we’ve missed our patients and can’t wait to see how everyone’s smile has progressed during this time. Hope to (safely) see everybody soon!

Our New Safety Protocol

Wearing a mask is a given, but many locations have additional safety measures in place that are necessary to meet their establishment’s needs. Before coming in for your appointment, take a minute to check out the new safety protocol at the West Loop Ortho office:


Once you arrive, check-in to our virtual waiting room here:


(passcode: 312)



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