December 14th, 2017
We’d like to alert you to a startling new trend that’s been popping up recently on social media – DIY (do it yourself) braces. Now, you probably don’t need your Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper orthodontist and orthodontic team here at Corbridge Orthodontics to tell you what an awful idea it is to attempt DIY braces, but we wouldn’t feel like we’d be doing our job if we didn’t bring it up. DIY braces can be incredibly dangerous for a non-professional, which is why we strongly discourage it. Here are just a few of the many reasons why you shouldn’t try this at home and why you should visit a professional orthodontist in Frisco, Texas instead.
Experience You Just Can’t Match
Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly complex procedure. A person with no education in the field would have no way of being able to master straightening a person’s teeth…much less their own! The regular method of a professional orthodontic treatment requires tools and techniques that use just the right amount of measured force and motions to both move the teeth – and more importantly – keep them safe. Orthodontists have the experience and qualifications necessary to safely move a patient’s teeth into their desired positions. DIY braces will never be able to match that kind of precision and safety.
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
Let’s say that somehow the DIY braces actually moved the teeth into a much more attractive alignment. That may sound great, but there’s no way of knowing what’s going on inside the teeth and gums or with the jaw structure itself. DIY braces can often move teeth too fast or move them into the wrong position, which can end up damaging the bones or gums. The health of a patient’s teeth is about more than just a beautiful smile; you’ll need a professional orthodontist to determine how healthy these teeth still are.
You’ll Probably End up Paying More
The main draw of DIY braces (and the reason why people attempt them in the first place) is that it’ll save them money. Orthodontics can be expensive and some people will try to get around that cost in any way that they can. However, by attempting DIY braces, a patient is likely to incur damage that will cost more money to fix than it would’ve cost to just undergo a professional orthodontic treatment from your Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper orthodontist in the first place. Instead of spending thousands on orthodontics, you might find yourself spending tens of thousands just trying to reverse the damage that DIY braces caused.
Even the AAO Has Issued a Warning
Because DIY braces have become so popular, even the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have had to step in. They’ve issued an official warning against the usage of these braces – a sure sign that DIY braces are a terrible idea. We recommend that you listen to the foremost authorities on this subject.
Come Visit Your Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper Orthodontist!
If you feel like your teeth aren’t as straight or attractive as they could be, please don’t attempt to straighten them on your own – come visit a professional orthodontist in Frisco, Texas instead. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for our safe Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper Invisalign or braces treatments, we encourage you to give us a call at (214) 705-6188 or fill out our appointment request form. We hope to see you soon and we promise you a safe and effective treatment!