The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics
Posted on 06/27/2017

At Loeb Orthodontics we specialize and appreciate art of orthodontics. We provide our patients with only the highest quality of care so they can enjoy happier, healthier lives with beautiful smiles. Our doctors have spent an extensive number of years in formal education and training. Our staff has the passion for superior care, and we have created a practice where the families of Oakland and the surrounding communities know us and trust us with their care.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Orthodontics has been a growing trend, gaining visibility online and misleading people into thinking that straightening teeth, something that requires years of expertise from a professional orthodontist, can be done at home. These DIY solutions suggest professional treatment to move teeth and fix bites, like braces or Invisalign from a licensed orthodontist, can be replaced by using either DIY household items such as dental floss, rubber bands, or unsupervised, mail-order orthodontics. Unfortunately, all of these DIY treatments do the exact opposite and endanger the health of those who try them.

Risking Lifelong Dental Problems

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, “moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth”. Your mouth is a complicated part of your body, and straightening your teeth requires not only moving your teeth, but takes into consideration the supporting gum tissue and bone. DIY orthodontic treatments do not take into consideration the complicated process of moving teeth, opting instead for a simple solution that disregards patient safety.

The best example is the DIY treatment, gap bands, which has had a surge in popularity. This method uses small rubber bands to pull two teeth together, intending to repair gaps in teeth for a more uniform smile. However, gap bands will slowly move up the teeth, and have the capability to move under your gums, working their way up to the roots of the teeth. Not only does this increase the risk of bacteria getting under your gums and into the deeper parts of your teeth, the pressure from the bands around the roots can eventually extract the teeth from the mouth!.

Why Choose A Professional Orthodontist

When you come to an orthodontic office, you’ll be putting the responsibility of your care in the hands of professionals that have received the proper education and experience necessary for proper and safe orthodontics. Orthodontists like Drs. Allison and Robert Loeb have helped countless patients create beautiful smiles using advanced technology and treatment methods that have been tested and proven to be effective. With minimal risk and time commitment, you can have a gorgeous, healthy smile.

Come To The Experts At Loeb Orthodontics!

If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, or you’re thinking about trying DIY orthodontics, schedule an appointment at Loeb Orthodontics first to talk about your treatment options and the advantages of choosing a professional solution. Just contact us to get started on the path to a healthier smile, with a trustworthy professional team at your side. We look forward to meeting you, and doing what we do best: providing you and your family with the high quality orthodontic care that you deserve.