In many cases, DIY projects make a lot of sense. Why pay someone to do something when you can (theoretically) get the same results on your own? There’s only one problem: DIY doesn’t apply to every situation! Sure, DIY home projects are one thing. But DIY braces? Not so much. Having said that, it’s still easy to see why the idea is so appealing. Not only is it free, but you don’t have to spend any time in braces. However, before you rush out for super glue and craft wire, keep in mind that there are serious potential consequences to DIY braces. Learn more below about the 6 best reasons to leave your teeth to the professionals and find out why Invisalign is such a great way to get safe, reliable results – without having to wear braces!
1. You Can Develop Gum Problems
One potential problem with moving your teeth too quickly or forcefully is a serious gum infection. Remember, it’s easy to take gum health for granted, but your gums are the foundation of your smile.
2. Your Speech Can Be Affected
Your teeth work closely with your tongue, lips and cheeks to help you speak clearly. Incorrectly changing the way your teeth come together can cause speech problems that require speech therapy to correct.
3. You May Pay More In the Long Run
Unfortunately, you’ll do more harm than good by trying any of the DIY braces methods at home. That can result in paying more money to correct those problems than it would have cost to see a professional from the start.
4. Your Teeth Will Quickly Move Again
It takes many years of training to understand the mechanics of a proper bite. Not to mention that moving your teeth also involves making sure they stay in the correct positions, which is impossible to do on your own.
5. You Could Lose Your Teeth
Your teeth need a healthy blood supply from the gum tissue that surrounds them, but DIY methods like rubber bands can cut off that blood supply, potentially leading to tooth loss.
6. There’s an Emotional Price To Pay
It’s completely understandable that everyone wants to have a straight, beautiful smile they can be proud of! Unfortunately, trying it at home not only damages the teeth and gums, but also leads to feeling let down and disappointed.
What If You Don’t Want To Wear Braces?
Although braces were the only way to have your teeth professionally straightened for many decades, Invisalign came along about 20 years ago and changed everything.
Using smooth, plastic trays called aligners, this method is not only invisible, but also comfortable and safe. And no super glue or craft wire is required!
About the Author
As a general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken is happy to offer her patients an effective alternative to braces like Invisalign. She’s successfully used it for countless patients who want outstanding results – without wearing brackets and wires. If you have any questions about straightening your smile with Invisalign, she can be reached via her website or at (703) 714-7374.