THE RISKS OF “DIY” BRACES

While cheap DIY braces might sound tempting, don’t be fooled.  Orthodontics Australia (the Orthodontic Society’s public advice channel) is strongly urging consumers to be wary of the safety risks of cheap, DIY orthodontic products now being offered in Australia. https://orthodonticsaustralia.org.au/consumer-alert-mail-order-orthodontic-treatments/

These do-it-yourself (DIY) products are sold direct to consumers, often at a low cost and have a number of risks that you need to be aware of.

How do they work?

A kit is purchased online and includes instructions on how to take a mould or impression of your own teeth. This impression is then sent back to the company and clear aligners are made and mailed directly back to you to administer yourself without any supervision.

What are the risks?

As the process does not involve an orthodontic consultation or professional supervision, the treatment outcome could go wrong with problems such as:

  • Poorly fitting aligners
  • Damage to the roots of your teeth
  • Gum recession or loss
  • Undetected decay or cavities
  • Tooth loosening and potential tooth loss
  • Bite changes that could lead to muscle and/or jaw joint pain

Who should perform orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is a health care procedure requiring supervision and expert care. When you decide to have treatment it should be with the objective that the benefits are more than straightening teeth. Orthodontic specialists are trained to ensure that the object of dental function (your bite) and long-term health is part of your treatment plan. Orthodontists have in-depth knowledge about how to move your teeth and jaws to get the best results.

In Australia, Orthodontists have not only studied for a general dental degree but have also completed an additional 5,000 hours of full-time specialist training in the field of orthodontics.

Although ordering online tooth aligners may appear cost-effective and efficient, the costs involved in repairing the damage can outweigh the initial investment. Your well-being should always come first.

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