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The Dangers of DIY Braces

by | Sep 13, 2018 | Braces, Invisalign®, oral hygiene, Technology

Everyone enjoys getting some helpful do-it-yourself (DIY) tips every now and then to make life a little easier. However, there are some things you should never try on your own, including trying to straighten your teeth and we’ll tell you why.

There are many DIY braces videos that show adolescents how to make to use various items like elastic bands, fishing line and dental floss to straighten their teeth at home. The people making these videos are saying that there is no point in spending time and money at an orthodontist when it’s easy to straighten your teeth on your own with household items. But the people making these videos are dead wrong, as the DIY braces trend is one that should have never got started in the first place!

The incredible team of orthodontists at WGM Orthodontics strongly discourages any attempts to straighten your own teeth without our help! Below is some information we want everyone to know about DYI braces.

Why Attempting to Straighten Your Own Teeth is Very Unwise

DYI teeth straightening poses many dangers to those who attempt this ill-fated practice:

  • Can Lead To Severe Infection: introducing foreign objects into the mouth that are not made for oral use can lead to severe infection and more. When items are used to straighten teeth, like elastic bands or fishing line, these items can very easily become embedded into the gums and cause severe infections that can be life-threatening.
  • Can Lead to Tooth Loss: One of the most popular DYI techniques involves putting a rubber band around two front teeth to bring a gap closed. Doing this can cause many problems. The rubber band could very easily end up around the roots of the teeth, to cause those permanent teeth to loosen and fall out.
  • Can Cost a Lot of Money to Repair: trying to align teeth without any knowledge of how the teeth, jaw and bite all work together can cause more harm than good! It could end up costing you thousands of dollars repairing the damage to your mouth by attempting to straighten your teeth at home. In reality, fixing all the damage done by DIY braces could end up costing you far more than professional orthodontic treatment costs!

Visit Us For Safe and Effective Orthodontic Care in Kentucky

At WGM Orthodontics, all of the doctors working at our numerous office locations across the state of Kentucky are fully trained orthodontists who are qualified to safety and effectively move teeth. When you visit us for treatment, we will create a customized treatment plan that meet your specific orthodontic needs so that that you can have an incredible smile! We’ll then provide wither braces or Invisalign, which are both safe and proven methods for aligning and correcting bites. Just contact our office that is closest to you to request an appointment. We love meeting new clients and look forward to hearing from you soon!