What is DIY Teeth Straightening?
A growing trend in the teeth straightening space is do-it-yourself (DIY) methods – be it closing gaps by installing the wires by yourself around the lower incisors or by buying ready-made plastic braces that are NOT custom designed for your set of teeth. In this post, we will go into the serious consequences of moving them yourself, without having dental professionals designing your teeth straightening treatment.
What are Fake Braces?
Fake braces are mouthpieces that look very similar to metal braces, but are not operative, and are traded through the black market. They are also known as fashion braces, as the target market includes teenagers who want to wear braces as accessories. Fake braces are sold online, or by individuals who do not have orthodontic certification or qualification a.k.a. fake dentists. These individuals offer the service of installing the fake braces for much lower prices than any dental clinics.
Since the customers do not place the ‘braces’ on their teeth on their own, it didn’t occur to them that it’s fake. In fact, some of them were convinced that the individuals they paid to affix the fake braces on them are dental professionals.
DIY Teeth Straightening and Fake Braces Can Have Serious Consequences
There’s an example from ABC News, where a man attempted to close a gap in his front teeth on his own by using rubber bands to tighten them at night. What he always found the next morning is that the rubber bands are gone but in fact they became embedded in his gums. Because of this he went on to lose his two front teeth, tens of thousands of dollars and seven years to repair the mess he made because it was “a lot cheaper.”
We get it – conventional metal braces, and in-office invisible braces can be far beyond affordable to most people. That’s the reason why some take matters into their own hands, buying fake braces hoping it can fix their misaligned teeth for less than a hundred dollars.
Little did they know that attempts at implementing these teeth straightening “hacks” often lead to them spending more amounts of money and time at the dentist, which is something they were trying to avoid in the first place. The substandard orthodontic practices can cause damage to the teeth, gums, or even lips and supporting bones! There have been cases of teenagers who died after using fashion braces, due to the inferior material quality and toxic heavy metals content.
As for the ready-made fake plastic braces known as ‘teeth trainers’ sold on e-commerce sites and social media, they are not the same with invisible braces. Everybody’s teeth and jaws are different, so any teeth-straightening devices need to be prescribed on a case-by-case basis. That’s why a proper smile makeover process must start with a dental scan, a teeth impression, and/or a dental X-ray.
These ‘teeth trainers’ could adversely affect both the development of the jaw and the alignment of teeth. Since these products have not been tested by the authority, nothing is known about whether the material that they are made of is toxic.
Are become Invisible Braces a DIY Teeth Straightening Method?
It’s clear that DIY teeth straightening and fake braces are not safe nor advised by dental professionals. The good news is that metal braces and the super expensive clear aligners that you can get from the dental clinic are not the only option out there for those seeking a perfect smile.
Teledentistry has made it possible for become to offer invisible braces as an alternative for teeth straightening, at an affordable price. It’s a relatively new field that combines telecommunication technology and dental care. It can be used not only to increase access to dental care, but also for consultation, education and public awareness.
Teledentistry is not the same with DIY teeth straightening. become teeth straightening process includes a consultation and a dental scan at the partner dentists’ clinics, and our invisible braces are custom-designed to each customer’s case. The whole process is prescribed and monitored by dentists with at least 4 years of experience in prescribing invisible braces.
|Requires dental scan||Doesn’t require dental scan|
|There’s an initial consultation||No consultation|
|Only customers who are approved by the dentists can buy||Anyone can buy DIY braces|
|Treatment is designed on a case-by-case basis||All customers get the same mouthpiece|
|Designed, prescribed and overseen by experienced dentists||Zero involvement with a dentist|
|Made of medical grade plastic||Materials unknown|