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The Dangers of DIY Braces


Posted on 11/7/2022 by Office
The Dangers of DIY BracesOnline videos have spread throughout the internet showing teenagers who claim to have aligned their teeth using DIY braces. While we agree that apps such as YouTube can be a great learning tool, the idea of making and fitting dental braces from the comfort of the home is a decision that has left many needing more invasive dental procedures to correct the damage incurred.

There seems to be a common misconception that fixing gaps in teeth is a straightforward process, and this has convinced a fairly good number of people to attempt it. This is not advisable, and it is better that you see an orthodontist instead.

What exactly are DIY braces


In some of these videos, you can clearly see teens using household items such as paper clips and dental rubber bands to rectify dental problems. What the young individuals trying this tend to not realize is that the smaller components such as a piece of an earring can become stuck below the gum line.

One of the most widespread forms of these DIY braces is fitting a rubber band around the teeth to firm them together. Although this might offer results at times, it can also lead to severe damage such as tooth loss, root damage, or other dental problems. Remember that your teeth are held in place by ligaments, and they can become broken down when you take matters into your own hands with these DIY solutions. If the damage sustained by your teeth is irreparable and you lose the tooth, the replacement will prove to be more costly than if you had just used professional braces instead.

Another risk associated with DIY bracers is the damage they cause to your enamel. The constant friction from the rubber and scraping from metal parts can seriously damage your enamel. When this protective part of your teeth is weakened, you will become susceptible to tooth sensitivity and cavities. As a general rule, do not put much faith in oral equipment made from household items. Instead, reach out to us today.
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