Hazards Of Direct To Your Door and DIY Orthodontics

Hazards Of Direct To Your Door and DIY Orthodontics
Posted on 03/09/2018

As busy people we are often enticed by options that seem to offer a quick and easy fix for a problem we face. Not surprisingly, when it comes to your health these solutions are not always the best. With the emergence and growing popularity of “direct to your door” and “do-it-yourself (DIY)” orthodontics, some people are now opting for a quick fix for their teeth. Unfortunately, these can offer more risks than benefits.

Direct to your door orthodontics work by providing you a series of orthodontic trays directly to your home, which are intended to align your teeth over time. These aligners are based on an initial mold of your teeth that you take at a provider’s location or take yourself at home. So called DIY orthodontics, made popular in online videos, offer at home solutions to improve your smile. These include using rubber bands, paper clips or other household items to improve tooth alignment or close spaces. Both of these solutions promise to improve your smile without the need of visiting an orthodontist. What could possibly go wrong, right?

The Possible Long Term Effects

If less than ideal alignment of your teeth was the only potential drawback to these treatments, there would be little to worry about. It turns out there are far greater risks to treating yourself without the care of a professional. During these treatments, damage to the gums and bone that support teeth can be irreversible and ultimately lead to tooth loss. Monitoring the health of teeth and gums throughout any orthodontic treatment is vital to a successful outcome and a healthy smile. There is no dental professional monitoring the health of your teeth and gums during these at home treatment options.

While perfectly aligned teeth and great smiles come to mind when you think of orthodontics, there’s much more to it than that. Orthodontics by definition is a dental specialty that deals with the development and alignment of both the teeth and the jaws. Even with perfectly straight teeth, not having a properly aligned bite can lead to problems like accelerated wearing of your teeth, bone loss, and jaw pain. These problems can lead further costly dental work. These at home orthodontic treatments do not address bite correction.

No Professional Orthodontist To Help You

Becoming an orthodontist requires 2-3 years of education and training after completion of dental school. It’s a rigorous process for a reason: because creating great smiles is a difficult process that requires precision and a great deal of knowledge about oral health. Having orthodontic experts like Dr. Henseler and Dr. Kocian oversee your care is something that can’t be delivered to your doorstep in a box or found in an online video.

Choose Orthodontic Treatment You Can Trust

A new smile is an investment in your future, helping you not only be healthier but also live happier! Be sure to trust your smile to professionals you feel confident in. At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics we offer only the best in orthodontic care to our patients. If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment be sure to contact us and we’d be happy to help.