Pinterest has gone a long way toward helping you with DIY projects. However, straightening your teeth should never be one of them. Using DIY braces is a dangerous trend that should be avoided. There’s a reason that orthodontists go to years of schooling; their job can’t be learned from bloggers.
DIY braces are a trend where individuals use rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line, paper clips, or more to put pressure on individual teeth. This is supposed to force the teeth to move. Unfortunately there is much more that is involved in safely straightening your teeth.
Problems Caused by DIY Braces
Putting too much pressure on the teeth can cut off their blood circulation, ultimately killing the tooth and causing it to fall out. Not putting enough pressure on the teeth will render the “braces” ineffective. Bands can make their way under the gums, which can destroy bone and soft tissue and also result in tooth loss.
DIY methods only move one tooth, which can create additional gaps in the teeth. They are also not permanent. After having braces or using Invisalign, the individual has to wear retainers to prevent the teeth from returning to their previous position. There are no retainers available with DIY braces, so the teeth may very well return to their previous position. Cuts caused by the bands or other materials can result in infections, as well. Finally, having foreign objects in your mouth can lead to choking, especially if something breaks off unexpectedly.
Straightening Teeth the Right Way
Professional teeth straightening methods may seem initially expensive, but they are far less costly than fixing issues caused by DIY braces. An orthodontist will be able to provide you with retainers that will keep your teeth straight after treatment. There are many options for straightening your teeth. You can use traditional braces or Invisalign, depending on what meets your needs. Here at Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic, we offer full orthodontic services. To learn more about how to safely straighten your teeth, contact us today!