Are you considering straightening your smile? Thankfully, modern dentistry has brought you more options than ever before. However, not all of these teeth straightening methods are safe. Many people are trying DIY teeth straightening or choosing mail-order orthodontics because of their price and convenience. But, if you decide to do it yourself, you may be spending a lot more in the long-run, not to mention the damage it can do to your oral health. Keep reading to learn why you should always see a professional for any type of orthodontics.
The Dangers of Unconventional DIY Methods
Unfortunately, do it yourself braces have become somewhat of an online trend. Many young adults are turning to YouTube videos of people promising straight smiles in a much shorter and less expensive way than traditional orthodontics. However, these results don’t last, and they can lead to serious health issues.
Here are some of the ways people have tried to straighten teeth themselves:
- Rubber bands
- Dental floss
- Fishing line
- Paper clips
These methods are not only unsafe, but the materials are unsanitary. DIY straightening can cause infection and permanent damage to your teeth, which is why you should see a professional.
Why You Should Avoid Mail-Order Orthodontics
You may have noticed that society is moving towards more convenience and consumer products, which is why there are various companies that now ship clear plastic braces right to your home. They promise comfort, convenience, and above all else, cost. Even though they are a much better alternative to the options discuss above, there are still risks you should be aware of.
The main reason why you should always seek treatment with a professional is for their supervision and expertise. Braces and clear aligning trays aren’t commodity products, they are tools. These tools are useless when they’re not in the right hands, which makes professional help necessary. They will supervise your treatment and make sure your teeth are shifting properly. With mail-order aligners, there’s no one making sure that your smile stays healthy and your alignment is proper. If your teeth aren’t moving as expected, your dentist can make the necessary adjustments to provide the best results.
The Benefits of Clear Correct
Clear Correct is an alignment system that uses clear plastic trays just like these mail-order companies, but it is under the supervision and guidance of your dentist. You can receive straight teeth with comfort and confidence, but without the disappointing results and potentially expensive health ramifications that DIY and mail-order braces cause.
Does it sound like you could benefit from straightening your teeth with a professional? Contact your dentist in Knoxville to get started on a beautifully straight smile in the most safe and effective way possible.
About the Practice
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we have a team of 4 dentists who are dedicated to providing quality care. They believe in patient education, which is why they want you to know some of the risks of using DIY braces. For any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (865) 531-7117.