What are DIY Braces and Are They Safe?

If you’ve been on YouTube anytime lately, you’ve probably spotted videos on the subject of DIY braces. Yes…being your own orthodontist, right in your home.

Unfortunately, a lot of these DIY channels encourage some pretty risky ideas. For instance, some “DIY experts” recommend using small rubber bands on your front teeth to pull them together. Others even bend paperclips or wires around the teeth, to make homemade retainers.

DIY bracesThe problem with advice like this, is that it can cause bigger issues than what you see in the mirror. For instance, wrapping tiny rubber bands around the front teeth to close a gap could lead to the band slipping under the gums and causing an infection…or even killing your tooth! Odd tooth movement above the gumlines can even shift the roots below the gums into a position that hampers the health of surrounding teeth (including ones that aren’t erupted yet.)

So what about the types of DIY braces where you take an impression and mail it off to the orthodontic company? While these might be safer, they don’t offer you the eyes-on approach or professional level of treatment that you would get if you worked with a real-life orthodontist. Imagine taking your own impression and hoping that it’s good enough, when they even get messed up in a dental office from time to time! Here, we can retake them. But if you’re doing it yourself, there’s a chance it won’t be exactly right.

Instead of risking the health of your teeth, it’s better to see an experienced orthodontist like the ones here at SEDA Dental. We can help you fix your smile more efficiently, without the side-effects of DIY mistakes. You’ll see better results without having to correct problems that weren’t supposed to happen in the first place.

Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation, to find out what your prospective orthodontic treatment would look like.



By | 2017-06-14T19:08:25+00:00 May 17th, 2017|

About the Author:

Sharon has been a Texas Registered Dental Hygienist since 2001. In 2011 she began a career as a dental educator and writer, using her experience and education in the dental field to share information with patients and peers around the globe. In her spare time she enjoys running and has completed 2 marathons so far this year.

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