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Sometimes things that sound too good to be true are just that: not true. Products on the internet that claim to straighten your teeth at a fraction of the cost may actually cause damage to your teeth. Here are some factors that you should be aware of when it comes to using common types of DIY braces.

How are DIY Braces made?

DIY Braces are made out of all kinds of materials that are neither sterile nor of high quality.  As a consequence, you could face infections or loss of a tooth.  Not only are there suspicious products to worry about, vloggers have targeted and encouraged teens to make and use DIY braces made from a variety of materials including:

  • Superglue
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Rubber bands
  • Hair elastics
  • Dental floss
  • Jewelry making bracelet beads
  • Paper clips

Will my teeth stay in place if I use DIY Braces?

DIY braces provide no guarantee that your teeth will not move back, and that your straightening results will last. Professional braces are made to slowly move your teeth into position in slight increments over a long period of time.  Quick adjustments of your teeth are more likely to shift back into their original place. DIY braces often promise quick and long-lasting results, but even if change happens, it usually ends with teeth shifting back one the makeshift braces are gone.

Am I more vulnerable to losing a tooth with DIY Braces?

Using tight rubber bands or other materials that move your teeth may quickly lead to oral health problems. The use of DIY braces may result in your loss of a tooth at its roots. Tight DIY braces cut off blood flow and circulation to the teeth which is essential to maintain a healthy tooth. You may end up losing your teeth and could need to visit your dentist to have them pulled. Since many of the DIY braces are nonsterile and nonmedical-grade quality, infection is likely.  This may lead to gum disease and ultimately tooth decay. You could experience severe bone loss, or other serious complications as infection may spread through your blood and facial tissues.

Are there any other complications are should be aware of?

The use of DIY braces could result in the shifting of your teeth in ways that you did not expect.  You may end up having trouble with upper and lower jaw alignment, which could affect the way you chew your food and how you talk. It could even cause speech impediments. You may end up paying more than you saved to repair the damages caused by DIY braces. It’s even possible teeth would need to be replaced with implants or dentures, or surgery could be necessary to deal with infections or bone loss.

Dr. Melchers and his staff are here to address any of your health issues, including the need to straighten your teeth and decide the best course of treatment for you and your family. Contact us today at info@oldmtpleasantdentistry.com to see how we can best meet your dental care needs.