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DIY Braces: A Good Idea or a Dental Nightmare?

July 28, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Christopher J. Wigley, DMD, FAGD
young girl getting her braces done

As the saying goes, kids do the darnedest things. But sometimes those things are neither clever nor cute, and that includes a concerning new trend: Kids are making their own fake braces.

It comes as no surprise that dental professionals across the country are concerned, sending out the warning that this is not a good idea. Although it might seem harmless to many parents, orthodontists are warning that teeth should not be used as toys.

If your child needs orthodontics, talk to your dentist in Stuart, FL, about Invisalign. They are effective for straightening teeth—and unlike homemade braces, they are safe!

The Disturbing DIY Trend

Some are saying that kids are creating their own braces in an attempt to “fit in” with the rest of their peers who are wearing braces. These youngsters are using things they can find around the house, such as rubber bands, aluminum foil, and paper clips. Adults might think it is all in fun, so they often don’t realize the dangers.

Gum damage is a real risk with these foreign objects being placed into the mouth. For example, kids are putting rubber bands around front teeth that have a gap, but this can cause a number of unforeseen problems. Infection is a real possibility as is root crowding—and even the loss of permanent teeth.

Invisalign: A Better Option for Orthodontics

When children are concerned about teeth that aren’t straight, talking to their parents and dentist about Invisalign invisible braces is a safer route.

Invisalign uses custom aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are clear trays made from smooth, clear plastic. These aligners are placed over the teeth. Every couple of weeks, your dentist creates a new set of aligners that will gently nudge the teeth into the proper position.

Talk to Your Dentist about Invisalign in Stuart, FL

Don’t let your kids play orthodontist; seek a real solution for crooked or misaligned teeth, such as Invisalign. Call Dr. Christopher J. Wigley and make an appointment!


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