In a recent survey conducted among its members, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that nearly 13 percent of its member orthodontists are seeing patients who have tried do-it-yourself (DIY) teeth straightening; some of those attempts have caused irreparable damage.
What the large majority of people don’t understand is that moving teeth is a biological process that involves bone which dissolves and re-builds as teeth are moved into their new positions. This rebuild and process is why moving teeth is best done under the supervision of an orthodontist after an in-person examination, including complete diagnostic records.
It is dangerous when people take moving their teeth in their own hands, without the guidance and treatment given by an accredited professional like an orthodontist. The reported age range of people attempting to straighten their own teeth was from 8 years old to over age 60. Thirty-nine percent of orthodontists who reported seeing DIY patients had to provide corrective and restorative treatment, and the majority of those doctors say the patients would have ultimately saved time and money if they had gone to an orthodontist in the first place for professional treatment.
Advances in technology and techniques offer patients more options than ever. Today’s next-to invisible treatment choices include clear aligners, ceramic (tooth colored) braces, and lingual (behind the teeth) braces. Small, sleek, more traditional braces can be an option, too. The best way for a patient to achieve their optimal smile is by working with the most qualified healthcare professional: the orthodontist.
Dr. Henry Zaytoun Jr. and Dr. Mary Paula Zaytoun Steele offer free examinations with no obligations! With three convenient locations (Raleigh, Cary, Garner) Zaytoun Orthodontics is here to make sure you achieve your best smile!