Do DIY Braces Work?
If you have a smile that you’re not happy with, you may be wondering how to straighten your teeth. You may have heard of DIY braces and are wondering if they work. They don’t! At least not in the way you’ll want them to work. DIY braces – when a small rubber band is placed around teeth to align teeth and close gaps in the smile – it may in fact cause some of your teeth to move, but the results may not be pretty. DIY braces can have seriously negative long-term effects, including damaged or misaligned teeth, infections, and tooth loss. Don’t risk irreparably damaging your teeth with a risky fad – find a better orthodontic option to DIY braces.
Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics can help you get a smile you’ll be happy with. State of the art orthodontic services are provided at offices in Weston, Miami, and Brickell. If you want to straighten crooked teeth, reduce gaps between teeth, correct an overbite, or more, braces or aligners are a great option.
How can you straighten your teeth with braces? Brackets are affixed to each tooth, and wire and elastic bands are used to gradually and safely realign your teeth. Silver and ceramic braces are much safer than DIY braces because:
- They are hygienic.
The elastic bands used with braces are intended to be used in the mouth, unlike the small rubber bands used for do-it-yourself braces. DIY rubber bands can introduce bacteria into your mouth and gums and potentially lead to an infection. Don’t run this risk.
- They safely realign teeth.
If your teeth are moved too quickly, there is a greater chance that root resorption will occur in your teeth. When this happens, the root of a tooth is damaged and shortens – maybe so much so that it can no longer hold the tooth in place and it falls out. Traditional braces slowly move teeth, lessening the risk of tooth loss.
- They work!
There is a reason people keep getting braces – they are proven to straighten teeth. Trends like DIY braces aren’t proven to be consistent or effective, but traditional braces are. This orthodontic procedure has worked for patients of all ages, for decades. The offices of Dr. Maria Yazji use the latest technology to enhance this proven orthodontic treatment.
Other orthodontic services, such as incognito lingual braces that are discretely affixed to the backside of the teeth, and Invisalign clear aligners, are also available at the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji. Seeing an orthodontist to fix your smile is a much better option than DIY braces. To make an appointment for a consultation at the office location of your choice, contact us today. If you’re not happy with your smile, don’t let DIY braces make matters worse – visit the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics!