If you’ve been thinking of opting into the idea of Do It Yourself braces, don’t do it! What many people don’t realize is that even though Do It Yourself braces work fast, there are major complications associated with it that can ruin your teeth forever. This not only ruins that perfect smile that you’ve been aiming towards, but it can also cost more in the long run.

Below are a couple reasons why Do It Yourself braces are a bad idea:

Major Health Problems

Orthodontics go to school for approximately ten years which is six years of studying teeth. That’s two more years of schooling than even a dentist receives! During this time, they learn how to correctly move teeth and the amount of time necessary to be able to do it safely.

There are possible underlying factors why your teeth might be crooked or even gapped.  Your teeth are gapped for a reason! Whether it’s an imbedded tooth wedged between your two front teeth or a muscle pushing those teeth apart, it’s something that only an orthodontist will be able to diagnose and treat.

If you attempt Do It Yourself braces to get rid of a gapped tooth, it could end up pushing those teeth too quickly together, and as a result, kill the teeth completely. If, by chance, there is a muscle pushing those teeth apart, when you stop the Do It Yourself braces, there’s a high chance those muscles will just push the teeth back to where they started.

Do It Yourself Braces Can Cost More in the Long Run

As mentioned above, there are serious reasons why you shouldn’t attempt Do It Yourself braces because of the health implications that might occur. These health implications can make you end up losing your teeth entirely or can cause infections that threaten the health of your teeth and gums.

When health problems associated with Do It Yourself braces occur, it can create more needed dental work and you might even need to pay for regular braces in the end. This is a greater expense in the long run that could have easily been avoided if a specialized orthodontist moved your teeth instead.

What Options for Braces are Available?

There are many different options for braces you can choose from, some of which include braces that are virtually impossible to detect.

  • Metal Braces

These are the traditional metal braces that are made with high-grade stainless steel and are bonded to your teeth. Not only are they effective, but they’re easy to remove when the procedure is finished. Though, if you’re worried about the aesthetics of braces, then there are several options that are available to you.

  • Clear Braces

Clear braces, otherwise known as ceramic braces, are very similar to traditional metal brackets except for the fact that they are nearly undetectable. Instead of metal, the ceramic is bonded to your teeth, blending in with the natural pigment of your tooth enamel.

  • Lingual Braces

These are metal brackets, but they are bonded to the back of the teeth closest to the tongue, hidden from view. This is great if you want the stability of metal braces but still have them hidden from plain sight.

  • Invisalign

Another option, which is also the most popular, is Invisalign. This process uses clear aligners that shift the teeth into place over time, but unlike other methods of braces, Invisalign can be taken out for eating, brushing, or important meetings.

If you’re interested in how Carlyle Orthodontics can give you your best smile, contact us and schedule a consultation today!