A healthy, beautiful smile can make all the difference in the world to a person and can give them the confidence they need to live their life to the fullest. Up until recently, if you wanted to achieve the perfect smile, people would look to their trusted orthodontists or dentists to get straighter teeth. Now, with the scary trend of DIY (do-it-yourself) braces options on the rise, some people are risking their very health by opting for an unsafe treatment to achieve straighter teeth. DIY braces can cause irreparable damage to the teeth, bite and mouth, so, be sure to educate yourself and seek professional medical guidance when looking to straighten your teeth.

DIY Braces

DIY braces are when someone tries to straighten their teeth by themselves rather than seeking out a dental professional who will create and monitor their personalized treatment plan. People, especially teens, are now trying to make DIY braces or aligners with common household items. There have even been “kits” sold to guide people to make their own braces. The American Association of Orthodontists was not involved in the creation of any of the DIY teeth straightening kits, and they strongly discourage anyone from using them.

Not Just About Closing Teeth Gaps

A flawless smile is not only about aesthetics; it’s also about the health and proper alignment of the overall smile. Orthodontists are highly trained medical professionals who have the correct tools and equipment to provide proper treatment. Orthodontists will correct teeth alignment and tailor treatment plans to an individual’s medical needs and spread the weight of the braces over your teeth to not cause any damage.

Dangers of Irreparable Damage

The American Association of Orthodontists reports that nearly 13 percent of its member orthodontists are seeing patients who have tried DIY teeth straightening and many of those attempts have caused irreparable damage to that person. Some of the damages that DIY braces have caused people are infections, gum disease issues and root resorption. There have even been many cases were the “tools” people used to make their own braces have caused teeth too lose blood pressure and fall out completely.

Safe, Affordable Teeth Straightening Options

Today’s orthodontists are making unprecedented strides in the advancements of oral health and can offer many safe, affordable treatment plans for people seeking to improve their smile. From traditional metal braces to Invisalign® clear aligners, there is a treatment plan available to help you achieve the smile you want. Orthodontic Associates is proud to release their exclusive Smile Essentials® program, an Invisalign treatment plan with low-cost payment options and fast results for folks seeking improved smiles in just six months or less.

Remember that straightening your teeth is an investment and should never be done by someone who is not a professional. Make the smart decision for yourself or for your loved ones by going to a professional orthodontist or dentist to get that healthier, straighter, more glowing and radiant smile you’ve always wanted.