A lot of people have been trying DIY braces, especially those who want to lower their dental expenses. True enough, at-home kits for braces are easy and affordable, anyone who wants to have braces would be tempted to do away with an orthodontist and get a commercial DIY braces. If you are thinking about getting DIY braces, take a look at the following aspects to help you in your decision making.
Risk of infection
At-home teeth straightening kits use nonsterile materials that are unhygienic and are not even typically used in safe dental clinics. Some of these materials include rubber band, paper clips, super glue and hair elastics. With all the mentioned unhygienic materials that are not clinically approved to be used on teeth and gums, you can be sure that anyone who use them runs the risk of catching an infection. Another risk is the uncertainty on how the body will react to such foreign materials. Because the materials are not intended for dental use, there is no guarantee that the teeth will be corrected or straightened. Braces that are fitted by a qualified orthodontist may be higher in price but you can be sure of your safety and its efficacy.
Risk of pain
Although it is natural to experience pain and discomfort while wearing braces, the pain and discomfort one feels with at-home straightening kits are not associated with the teeth’s moving to the right direction. It can be due to infection or further tooth misalignment. DIY braces only cost $60 but it involves the risk of infection resulting to pain and further damage to your teeth. Unlike DIY braces, braces that are fitted by a licensed orthodontist may cause pain but you can be sure that its movement is going to the right direction.
Another risk of wearing DIY braces is the chance that your teeth will revert back to its original place or worse, it will move towards a different direction, more severe and misaligned than its original position. A licensed orthodontist recommends retainers after braces while at-home kits do not include retainers so the chance of relapse is high.