You may have heard of a recent trend that’s popping up about do-it-yourself braces. The claim is that you can wear these DIY treatments for a fraction of the cost of professionally applied braces. Furthermore, the makers assure potential patients that their products are completely safe, effective, and will get you straighter teeth in half the time when compared to traditional orthodontic treatment. According to nearly the entire orthodontic community, including Dr. Phillips, these statements couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Leading experts say that there is a massive risk to dental and gum health when people practice what some doctors are calling “unsupervised orthodonture.” The average person does not know how their mouth operates and the processes that are going on under the gum line, and that can lead to numerous issues. When the bands of these DIY braces are placed on the teeth, they have the potential to slip under the gum, causing dangerous inflammation or infection. Loosened teeth and even complete tooth loss are also possible dangers.
This so-called “treatment” has been so catastrophic to the dental health of those who have used it that the American Association of Orthodontists has issued a consumer alert specifically stating these “gap bands” should be completely avoided. We at Legendary Smiles recommend leaving orthodontic care up to the experts, for both your health and the health of your smile. If you have any questions, concerns, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us directly at (775) 332-1750.