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 BracesThe 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.