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Are DIY Braces Safe And Effective?

Posted on 1/23/2023 by Evan
Are DIY Braces Safe And Effective?Statistics suggest that nine in 10 Americans have crooked or misaligned teeth, according to Scientific American. DIY braces are a trend that is becoming popular with young people. Video tutorials on social media claim to offer a cheap solution to restore the shape and structure of the teeth. But are DIY braces safe or even effective?

What are DIY Braces?

DIY braces encourage people to fix their teeth with rubber bands rather than visiting an orthodontist. Crooked teeth can impact self-esteem, especially for teens concerned about their appearance. It is perceived as an affordable solution for young people without the means to undergo a proper treatment procedure.

Are DIY Braces Unsafe?

Our orthodontists discourage patients from attempting to use DIY braces. They do not offer the same level of precise movement needed to shift teeth into position. Orthodontists spend up to a decade learning and perfecting to fit braces correctly. The teeth must move gradually to avoid issues such as bone deterioration. DIY braces may cause complications like muscle spasms and jaw joint pain.

DIY braces involve using household items such as rubber bands, which can cause irreversible damage. Foreign objects encourage bacteria to accumulate on the enamel and gums, leading to inflammation.

What are the Safe Alternatives for DIY Braces?

Orthodontists can offer safer alternatives to address crooked and misaligned teeth, depending on your needs. Clear aligners are convenient if you are concerned about conspicuous braces. You will wear multiple aligners successively and attend follow-up visits to monitor your progress.

Besides, orthodontists can offer safer and more effective alternatives if you cannot afford metal braces or Invisalign aligners. An initial assessment may help determine the best strategy for treating crooked teeth and misalignments. They can also provide financing options to cover the braces procedure. Consult our orthodontic specialist for braces or suitable alternatives for your needs. Contact our orthodontist's office to schedule an appointment today.

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