Sarasota Dental Arts

DIY Braces Are a Bad Idea

March 11, 2018
Posted By: Kaya Aygen, D.M.D.
Woman smiling | Orthodontics Sarasota FL

There is a dangerous new trend sweeping the nation that involves DIY (do it yourself) braces. Videos have been posted on YouTube suggesting that people move their teeth with everything from rubber bands to paper clips. Dr. Aygen and your team at Sarasota Dental Arts want you to know that this is a bad idea for many reasons. Here is what you should know about orthodontics in Sarasota, FL.

X-Rays Are Imperative

Before undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment, the standard of care is to take a panographic x-ray. This image shows your entire mouth in one picture and your dentist can see your roots, jaw joint, and teeth – both incoming and those that have arrived. In order to protect your teeth and roots, it's important not to undergo any sort of treatment without an examination and x-rays first.

Protect Your Gums

Your gums are the foundation for your teeth, and if you lose gum tissue, unfortunately, it can't be replaced without surgery.

Using items such as rubber bands or paper clips to move teeth is dangerous for your gums. The wrong materials in your mouth can cause an infection, irritation, or other damage to your delicate gum tissue.

Aligning Your Teeth Safely

Abrupt movement of your teeth can cause damage to your roots, which may sometimes result in tooth loss. This is why your dentist and orthodontist are very careful to check the health of your roots prior to starting any orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Aygen offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign and Six Month Smiles at Sarasota Dental Arts. These treatments are designed to align your teeth in a discreet, safe and efficient manner. We encourage our patients to take the time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aygen to learn more about their options for safe orthodontic treatment before embarking on something that could cause a lot of damage to your teeth and oral health in the long run.

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