5 Reasons Why It’s Dangerous to Straighten Your Teeth With DIY Aligners
Last Saturday morning, when I was buying my coffee, I bumped into one of my high school friends, Steve, who had just moved to Geelong. When he found out I’m now a dentist, he was like, “Hey Tristen! I’m curious about these DIY aligners I saw on Instagram that are much cheaper and can save me time from going to the dentist. They look alright! Are they effective? What do you think?”
We had such a great conversation about this topic, I thought I’d also share with you what we discussed in this short video.
Now, I know that the idea of straightening your teeth without having to go to a dentist or spend a lot of money might sound tempting, but believe me when I say that it’s not worth the risk. I’ve got five reasons why you should steer clear of these DIY products and stick to a professionally monitored orthodontic treatment instead.
Not everyone is a candidate for orthodontic treatments. Sometimes, you might need to treat the underlying gum disease before it is safe to commence an orthodontic treatment. If you try to align your teeth when your gums are not perfectly healthy, it can cause the gum disease to spread faster, and your teeth can fall out.
With DIY Aligners, you won’t have a dentist performing this comprehensive exam to ensure it safe for you.
DIY aligners don’t have the supervision of a licensed dentist like us during the term of the treatment. When you come to us, you receive regular checkups and adjustments. This ensures that your treatment stays on track and any complications are caught early. DIY aligners lack this supervision, meaning you won’t have anyone monitoring your progress or intervening if something goes wrong.
DIY aligners can cause serious harm to your dental health. Unlike Invisalign, which is designed to fit your teeth perfectly, DIY Aligners that are malfitting could cut into your gums. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease, gum recession, and other dental issues that are expensive and time-consuming to fix. And since you’re not being supervised by a professional, you may be putting your dental health at risk without even realizing it.
Orthodontic treatment is a medical procedure that should only be performed by licensed professionals. DIY aligners aren’t regulated or approved by any dental associations or organizations, and the manufacturers may not have the necessary qualifications to produce safe and effective dental products. This means you’re taking a risk with your dental health by using these products.
The cost of our professional orthodontic treatment is a lot less than the potential cost of fixing the damage done by DIY aligners. When you factor in the cost of fixing any issues caused by DIY aligners, the cost of professional treatment can actually be less expensive in the long run.
As you can see, DIY aligners may seem like a tempting and affordable option, but they do come with many risks.
I hope you found this video insightful. If you or your child are looking for a dentist to help realign the smile, we would love to look after you.
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The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.