Elk Grove Smile Center

Addressing the Trend of DIY Braces

July 15, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
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It might sound crazy, but there is a new trend among young people in this country: do-it-yourself braces. Young people are attempting to straighten their teeth, using common household goods. If you conduct a quick Google search, you’ll find articles and videos instructing kids how they can do their own orthodontics using items such as bobby pins, paper clips, aluminum foil, rubber bands, earring pieces, and the like.

Most parents will not have trouble believing that DIY braces are a bad idea. Kids who aren’t convinced might benefit from a conversation with their Elk Grove Village orthodontist on why this disturbing trend is so dangerous.

How and Why Kids Are Trying Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

Oftentimes, kids feel self-conscious if they are not happy with the way their teeth look. In many cases, they are too embarrassed to bring this up to their parents. If they hear about a friend trying DIY braces, they will often give it a try themselves. As mentioned, there is plenty of information available about how to create homemade braces on the internet.

There have been reports about kids using rubber bands wedged in between teeth to try to move them. Other kids have been gluing the backs from earrings on their teeth in an attempt to mimic the look of braces. Obviously, these are bad ideas that can cause permanent damage to gums and tooth enamel.

Professional Orthodontics Is Safe—and Effective

Keep the lines of communication open with your kids and talk to them about the dangers of DIY orthodontics. If they are self-conscious about their smile, make an appointment with Elk Grove Village orthodontist Dr. Vishal Advani. Doing any kind of dental work on your own is never a good idea—and should be left to the professionals to protect your oral health.