The dangers of DIY braces

What are DIY braces?

DIY, or “Do-It-Yourself,” braces are a dangerous trend that gained popularity after online videos showed teenagers claiming they straightened their teeth on their own. In the videos, the teens advise using little elastics to essentially tie their teeth together to close the gaps. Other DIY braces use twine, rubber bands, or even fine wires to apply pressure to the teeth and close the gap. Attempting to move your teeth yourself can have grave consequences on your smile and health. Only a professional orthodontist with multiple years of training and schooling should be performing orthodontic treatment on you.

Why are DIY braces dangerous?

This self-treatment is dangerous because the elastic bands apply blunt force to the teeth. The elastic bands could slip and cut off the blood supply, killing the tooth and causing it to fall out. The foreign objects in the mouth can also puncture the tongue or cheek. The consequences of DIY braces will likely end up being more expensive than actual braces would have been in the first place. Some problems that could develop due to DIY tooth movement include:

  • Root resorption
  • Gum disease issues
  • Creation of more gaps
  • Infection

Do not be misled by this harmful trend. Serious injury can be a result of taking orthodontics into your own hands. Make sure your children know the dangers presented by this issue. It is important for children to establish a good relationship with an orthodontist so that they put trust in someone professional instead of performing orthodontic procedures on themselves.

We understand that orthodontic treatment, including braces, is costly. However, your safety and health are priceless. At Charlottesville Orthodontics, we strive to provide affordable, high-quality treatment that fits a family’s budget. We will thoroughly explain your choices and work with you to accommodate your needs.

Contact your Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads orthodontist

If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Charlottesville or Zion Crossroads, feel free to fill out our online appointment request form if you’d like to schedule an appointment with us. The initial consultation is free! Please come to a professional if you or your child needs braces. We would be happy to straighten your teeth!