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The Newest Craze: DIY Braces

For appearance-conscious teenagers teeth are a big deal. Some might not want to ever get braces and others would probably do anything to correct their smiles. Of that group there are some who are so dedicated to getting the right look that they're willing to go way too far by following YouTube videos advocating for DIY braces!

At our Waterford dentist office we're pretty concerned about this trend. Teeth might be strong but they can still be completely destroyed by the mistreatment these do-it-yourself methods prescribe. That's what we want to talk about today: all the reasons why DIY braces are a bad idea!

What Are People Trying?

The most common method that teens are attempting is wrapping rubber bands around their front teeth. The goal is to close gaps in a quick and cheap manner but they don't know the potential damage they could be causing! Patients who have tried this method have seriously hurt themselves when a rubber band slipped under their gumline. This has left them with damage to their teeth, gums, and bone that has resulted in the loss of all three!

There are also DIY braces kits available that include the traditional materials brackets, rubber bands, and archwires that you put on yourself. This method is just as, if not more, dangerous than wrapping rubber bands around your teeth. Patients who have tried putting their own braces on have ended up with teeth breaking, pulling free from their gums, and coming completely out!

Why Are DIY Braces So Dangerous?

The danger lies in the amount of force that is applied and how it's probably not applied correctly! Your teeth, gums, and the bone that supports them is surprisingly delicate. When your teeth move they put a lot of pressure on your gums. That pressure can cause blood flow to change, leading to damage and death of gum tissue. It can also lead to discoloration of your teeth due to blood flow restrictions not something you want to have happen when you were trying to improve your smile!

Using DIY braces is unpredictable you don't know how your teeth are going to respond to unevenly or unprofessionally applied forces! At The Waterford Dentist our braces are placed after thorough research and exams. We take X-rays to determine tooth length, position, and other critical factors for creating a treatment plan. When our braces go on we know exactly where the force is being applied and how it's distributed!

There's also the concern of the constant change in the position of the teeth. When your teeth are moved by orthodontic work there are a lot of calculations that have to be accounted for! It's sort of like trying to hit a moving target you know you want the results to be a certain way but it's hard to know exactly how a tooth will respond! Without the knowledge and ability to thoroughly examine teeth, gums, and bone you're running the risk of a serious accident!

As dentists trained in orthodontics, we've spent two to three years training to perform orthodontic work. It's an intense and highly detailed specialization because of the delicate nature of teeth and we never recommend attempting it at home!

Professional Braces: A Better Option

At our Waterford dentist office we are able to offer you professional orthodontic care that really works, and all without the risk of serious damage to your teeth! We offer several different orthodontic options that can be tailored to meet you or your children's needs!

Our traditional orthodontic treatments are a great way to perfect your bite and straighten your smile! In just about two years you can have the smile you've always dreamed of! We also offer tooth-colored ceramic braces that blend perfectly for a near-invisible treatment!

We also offer Invisalign the clear, removable plastic aligners that you can wear without anyone noticing! Your teeth are straightened by a series of aligners that are swapped out every two weeks, and the best part is that you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth. Your lifestyle will be virtually unchanged!

For patients needing complicated work done to correct their smile we offer dentofacial orthopedics. This complicated treatment involves changing the shape of the face and adjusting bone in order to allow the teeth to be correctly positioned. It's a life changing treatment that produces amazing results!

If you or your young family members need orthodontic treatment don't wait! We're here to help you at The Waterford Dentist! Call us today at (248) 257-5394 or request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!