DIY braces and teeth-straightening kits have been popping up all over the internet. These kits promise consumers a beautiful smile, without the cost of orthodontia.
Unfortunately, DIY braces come with numerous risks and can be downright dangerous. Although they may appear appealing and cost-effective, DIY braces can damage your teeth in the long run.
What are DIY braces?
DIY (Do it Yourself) braces are made from materials including:
- Orthodontics wax
- Rubber bands
- Hair Elastics
- Dental floss
- Paper clips
These materials are not sterile or approved for medical use, so using them can cause infections or even tooth loss.
Many video bloggers have created videos instructing teens on how to make the best DIY braces. Moreover, 3-D printers are making it easier for amateurs to create their own orthodontic plan without the supervision of a medical professional.
Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but the negative consequences of DIY braces are too great to ignore.
DIY braces are not effective in the long-term
Although you may succeed with moving your teeth temporarily, DIY techniques often do not last.
Traditional orthodontia relies on gradual adjustments over a period of time. Quick fixes are more likely to shift back.
You may lose your teeth
Using tight rubber bands to adjust your teeth can destroy your teeth at their roots.
DIY braces restrict blood flow, cutting off the circulation your teeth need to survive.
DIY braces cause gum infections
Since DIY braces rely on non-sterile supplies, it’s easy to develop an infection. Furthermore, sharp materials such as paper clips can cause sores in your mouth which is a breeding ground for infections.
You will probably end up paying more than you saved
Most people opt for DIY braces in order to save money, but you could end up spending more money to repair the damage these braces cause. Teeth replacement and surgery to heal infections are painful and expensive. Fixing DIY dentistry can cost up to $50,000.
When you add up the costs of fixing the damage caused by DIY braces, it becomes apparent that it’s best to invest the money in professional braces the first time around.
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