February 1, 2015 When John Hofford, a 27-year-old digital media specialist, wanted to straighten his teeth, he wanted invisible plastic aligners that would correct his crowding, instead of conspicuous metal braces. But he couldn’t afford the clear aligners sold at his local orthodontist in Atlanta. So in September, he paid $124.95 for a kit to take his dental impressions at home. After watching a how-to video, he mixed putty, put it in mouth-guard-type trays and took impressions of his upper and lower teeth, which he mailed back to be turned into a three-dimensional model. Read more... http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/a-trip-to-the-mail-box-not-the-orthodontist/?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=mini-moth®ion=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0
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