Beware of DIY Teeth Straightening

By January 29, 2018 February 20th, 2018 Before Braces, Blog

Don’t let online ads for DIY teeth straightening products fool you. There’s no such thing as an at-home, quick-fix, or one-size-fits-all solution for a perfect smile. The moving of teeth is a highly complex dental health procedure. Do not try it at home. Attempts to move or straighten teeth without the expert supervision of an orthodontist can have terrible lifelong consequences.

What Are the Dangers of DIY Teeth Straightening?

DIY teeth straightening can lead to infection, tooth loss, and serious damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bones. DIY methods using online teeth straightening products, such as placing a rubber band around the teeth to close a gap, or creating molds of your own teeth to send out for do-it-yourself clear aligners, can cause permanent tooth loss or other irreversible damage. The damage caused by these DIY methods may require extensive (and very expensive!) repairs by a multidisciplinary team of specialists. You may need surgery or a number of other dental procedures to fix your smile.

What’s the Best Way to Get Straight Teeth?

Visit an orthodontist! According to the American Association of Orthodontics, “Aligning jaws, straightening teeth and correcting bites should begin with a comprehensive examination by an orthodontist, not with a few clicks on a computer screen and not without the supervision of a qualified dental professional.” Orthodontists, like Dr. Dougherty, are dentists who specialize in moving teeth and aligning jaws. After graduating from dental school, they receive 2–3 years of additional education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only orthodontists have the training and expertise needed to improve your smile safely and effectively.

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Have questions about DIY teeth straightening vs. professional teeth straightening? Ready to schedule a consultation with St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Stefanie Dougherty? Contact us. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email