November 21, 2018
With the explosion of the Information Era, for almost anything you need done, there is some form of online tutorial available that explains how to do it yourself (DIY). Your dentist says there are some procedures, though, that should be left only for trained professionals to perform. One of them is the placement of braces. Learn 6 reasons why it’s a bad idea to attempt an orthodontic treatment on your own.
What are DIY Braces?
When you discover what components are recommended for DIY braces, a “red flag” should immediately be raised. Here’s what certain online forums and blogs suggest you use:
- Orthodontic wax
- Rubber bands
- Hair elastics
- Dental floss
- Jewelry-making bracelet beads
- Paper clips
What’s alarming is that most of the items on the above list should never be placed in the mouth let alone be used for orthodontic treatment. Not only do they pose oral health hazards on several levels, but by attempting to perform an orthodontic procedure without being trained, you’re left more vulnerable to a dental emergency.
6 Reasons to Avoid DIY Braces
The following are 6 specific reasons not to try DIY braces:
- The teeth you treat are susceptible to moving again.
- If tension is improperly applied, you could lose a tooth.
- The improper movement that could come along with a DIY application can lead to a gum infection.
- By moving your teeth incorrectly, you could be left with unfavorable alterations to how you speak.
- If you see initial results with DIY braces only to witness them diminish, you could suffer emotional trauma.
- While one of the motivators for attempting DIY braces is to save money, the complications it can cause may require more costly corrective procedures to restore your oral health.
But I Don’t Want Metal Braces
If you’re hesitant about receiving professional orthodontic treatment because you don’t want to wear metal braces, there is now a perfect option for you – the Invisalign method. Using some of the most up-to-date forms of technology, your dentist can specially craft a full treatment set of plastic, clear trays that comfortably and discreetly correct your bite and leave you feeling happier and healthier.
How the Invisalign Process Works
The first step to receiving orthodontic care is to reach out to your dentist to schedule a consultation. If the professional finds you eligible for the Invisalign procedure, the process starts with your dentist capturing digital X-Ray images and bite impressions.
The data is then sent to a trusted Invisalign lab that will create a full treatment set of aligners to your dentist’s specifications. Once the plastic trays return, you’ll be invited back to retrieve them, and your dentist will give you instructions on how to wear them properly.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect from the Invisalign process:
- The ability to eat the foods you enjoy
- A safe yet discreet form of correcting your bite
- A faster treatment process than traditional braces
- Easier access to your teeth so you can perform your normal oral hygiene routine
So before you give-in to the latest trends, it’s a much better idea to reach out to your Invisalign specialist to schedule a consultation. With the expert care you’ll receive, you’ll soon have the smile of your dreams!
About the Author
A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Dr. Katie Montgomery has been practicing dentistry for over a decade. Throughout her career, she has remained committed to educating her patients and providing them with the absolute best in care. Dr. Montgomery practices at Montgomery Family Dental, and she can be reached for more information through her website.
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