There are several DIY projects that you can complete with just a little time and effort, but do it yourself braces should not be one of them. Other than flossing, brushing, tongue scraping and perhaps using a gentle whitener is the only DIY dental treatments and oral health care you should do. Attempting to do your own dental care is downright dangerous. However, with a quick search on the internet, teenagers everywhere are attempting do-it-yourself braces to close a gap between two teeth. This DIY trend has exploded, especially among teens and young adults, unfortunately, the consequences can result in extensive as well as expensive dental problems.There are several DIY projects that you can complete with just a little time and effort, but do-it-yourself braces should not be one of them. Flossing, brushing, tongue scraping and perhaps using a gentle whitener are the only DIY dental treatments and oral health care procedures you should be doing. Attempting to do any other dental care on your own is downright dangerous. However, a recent search online reveals that teenagers everywhere are attempting do-it-yourself braces to close gaps between their teeth. This DIY trend has exploded, especially among teens and young adults; unfortunately, the consequences can result in both extensive, and expensive dental problems.
The Dangers of DIY Braces
The popular YouTube video shows a girl using a “Dollar Store” package of hair ties to successfully close the gap between her teeth. Although she was able to achieve her “goal”, this do-it-yourself route is extremely dangerous, and should not be replicated by others. Orthodontists use deliberate, controlled forces to move the teeth into proper position; hair ties and other cheap elastics provide none of that. Furthermore, no two mouths are alike. Even though this DIY trick may work for one person, chances are high that it won’t for you, and will, in fact, make your dental situation worse. So this seemingly quick, inexpensive fix to close that space may end up costing you many thousands of dollars in surgical fees and dental treatments to repair the damages later on. The risks far outweigh the benefits, and the odds you will do long-term damage to your mouth is extremely likely. Damages may include:
- Making the crowding or spacing between your teeth worse. This one is obvious: without properly controlling the forces applied to the teeth, you can’t control where they will move.
- Inflammation of the gums, should the rubber band slip below the gum line. This can cause serious damage to the periodontal ligaments holding the tooth.
- Bone loss and tooth root damage resulting from infection and/or moving the tooth in the wrong direction. This can further lead to tooth loss.
- Infection, not only in your mouth but also throughout your body as the infection can spread from its origin and become life-threatening.
- Serious medical complications, including cardiac complications, from the aforementioned infection.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t cheap, which is why many teens and young adults are resorting to DIY braces. But, the choice to use a professional orthodontist is a wise one, because the long-term result of do-it-yourself dental care is going to cost you significantly more money to repair the damages. Orthodontists are trained professionals that have spent many years mastering their craft, and performing and documenting treatments, so they understand what type of treatment each of their patient’s needs.
You only get one set of adult teeth! Do not take the risk of causing permanent damage by trying to obtain a perfect smile on your own. Contact us at Brewery District Dental for any dental assistance you may need. We can thoroughly evaluate your issues and recommend a safe and appropriate treatment plan.