The Dangers of DIY Braces

The Dangers of DIY Braces
Posted on 08/21/2017

The most important thing to us at Denise Nguyen Orthodontics is the health of our patients. We always go above and beyond to provide the most care and compassion when we apply braces or any other orthodontic treatment for our patients. We feel as though it’s vital to bring up that your dental and oral health is in trusted hands when you come visit your Vienna, VA family orthodontist because there’s an alternative method that doesn’t take this into account. There’s a scary new trend that’s been appearing recently - DIY (do-it-yourself) braces.

Why You Shouldn’t Try This at Home

Because of its promotion on YouTube and other well-known social media sites, DIY braces has turned into a frighteningly popular fad. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists has reported that about 13 percent of its member orthodontists have reported that they have patients who’ve attempted to use DIY braces or other similar methods to straighten their teeth. These patients watched videos of people online shifting their teeth and believed that they could too. With the usage of primitive methods and objects, they believed themselves to be amateur orthodontists, using string, rubber bands, dental floss, and even paper clips in a poor attempt to move their own teeth.

As you can probably guess, these attempts rarely went well.

The reason why this is such a bad idea is because orthodontics is such a complex field. There’s no way that someone without any experience could master the ability to properly straighten their own teeth. Orthodontists use tools and techniques that are specifically designed to exert just the right amount of force and calibration to a patient’s teeth. Different motions and force levels are needed to ensure the safety of the patient’s teeth and gums. DIY braces just can’t match that precision. What ends up happening in many of these cases is that a rubber band (or a similar object) ends up cutting off the blood flow to the tooth, completely killing the tooth. The patient then requires a tooth replacement and has to spend tens of thousands of dollars to fix the problem instead of only spending thousands to get a professional orthodontic treatment in the first place. So if you ever believe that your teeth aren’t quite as aligned as you think they could be – please…visit a professional family orthodontist like ourselves instead of attempting to use DIY braces.

Visit Your Vienna, VA Family Orthodontist!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you ever feel like your teeth aren’t as straight as they could be. You can easily schedule an appointment with us by filling out our online appointment request form or by giving us a call at (703) 847-6544. We hope to see you soon and we promise to treat your teeth with the level of care that they require!

Denise Nguyen Orthodontics

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