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Dangers of DIY Braces

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Keizer Family Dental
Two teens from the early 2000s smiling one with braces and one not at Keizer Family Dental in Keizer, ORThanks to tutorials on YouTube and online forums, the DIY movement has certainly come of age. Whether it is home improvement or one of those numerous online resources for taking up guitar lessons, there is a forum for it in every genre. Doing something all on your own makes for a great sense of accomplishment. But when it comes to your dental health and orthodontic treatments like braces, DIY has many disadvantages.

Risk of Irreversible Damage

One of the most significant dangers of DIY braces is the potential for irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. Orthodontics is not just pushing teeth to be in a straight line; it involves very detailed procedures that include proper alignment of jaws, correction of bites, and even movements of individual teeth. Professionals take years to gain these skills. DIY methods can lead to misalignment, severe bite problems, and tooth loss.

Infection and Oral Health Issues

The materials used in DIY braces are rubber bands, paper clips, and fishing wire; these are not materials meant for medical use. They cause infections, damage the gums and soft tissues, and further cause severe dental complications. Orthodontists use medically approved materials that are safe and specifically designed to minimize discomfort and risk.

Unpredictable Results

Professional orthodontists design a precise plan supported by thorough analysis and imaging, which can guarantee predictable and safe results. DIY braces offer a one-size-fits-all approach, which would then render less than satisfactory results or, worse, lead to more severe and costly corrective procedures. Your smile is far too important to be under unsafe and uncertain do-it-yourself methods. The only surest way toward safe, effective, and attractive results is in the hands of a well-qualified orthodontist.

Take Action for Your Smile

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to talk with a professional. Our experienced orthodontists bring a safe, customized treatment plan that respects the unique needs of your smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a healthier, happier smile.

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