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Why You Should Never Use DIY Braces Kits as an Alternative to Braces

Millions of Americans wear braces. From traditional metal braces to clear retainers like Invisalign, braces offer a safe solution to closing gaps, preventing crowding, and more. For some, DIY braces kits may be a tempting solution to spacing, gaps, and other issues, but are they really safe and effective? There are many reasons to avoid DIY braces kits as an alternative to braces applied by a licensed orthodontist. From health concerns to return on investment, here’s a breakdown of why DIY braces kits cost you more in the long run.

Are DIY braces kits worth it?

DIY braces kits may be marketed as an affordable alternative to braces, but are they truly more cost effective? It turns out you may end up investing more in the long run, since DIY braces kits and quick, at-home fixes can damage teeth and create breeding grounds for bacterial infections and other serious problems that will require a trip to the dentist. While you may save money up front, you’ll likely end up spending more money to correct the problems DIY braces kits and quick fixes do not fix. If you’re not careful, quick fixes can even damage metal braces, ruining your initial investment in orthodontic treatment.

Reasons DIY Braces Kits Don’t Typically Work

There are several reasons DIY braces kits don’t typically provide results, and there are even more reasons to leave the process of installing braces and treating orthodontic problems to the professionals.

1. There’s No Money Back Guarantee

Many DIY braces kits do not offer a money back guarantee or trial period, so you’ll have to rely on taking their word for it that their products will deliver the results you’re seeking. Even if your teeth do not respond to treatment, it may be months before you are able to realize no visible improvement, at which point you’re unable to request a refund or a return on your investment.

When you visit a professional orthodontist on the other hand, he or she can provide you with a trustworthy treatment plan customized to fit your individual needs. If you opt for Invisalign or clear braces, your provider may even be able to provide a 3D model of what your teeth will look like before and after treatment, so you’ll know exactly what to expect and how long until you’ll see results. You’ll know beforehand which treatment options are right for you, what your payment will be, and whether or not you’re eligible for coverage assistance through a dental insurance provider.


2. Timing is Everything

Some people may wonder why braces take months or even years to provide results when DIY braces promise to provide treatment in just a few short weeks or months. It turns out that when it comes to braces, timing is everything. If you want results that lasts, opt for a treatment plan that provides results within an average 12-24 month window, depending on your needs.

Because teeth that are moved quickly are far more likely to return to their original position than those that are moved slowly and methodically, quick fixes and DIY braces kits don’t always provide lasting results. You may even end up having to invest in Invisalign to correct the problems left untreated by DIY kits. Wouldn’t you rather invest your money in the system that works best on the front end, saving you both time and money in the long run?

3. DIY Braces Can Cause Health Problems

Unlike Invisalign and traditional metal braces, DIY fixes and kits are not created from sterile, medical-grade materials intended to be used in the human mouth. Orthodontic treatments used in dental clinics are safe and effective, while DIY at-home kits can be created from a variety of plastics and other parts that are unsanitary and unsafe. By creating a health hazard and more opportunities for bacterial growth, these at-home braces kits can cause more damage to your teeth, and more need for dental checkups and cleanings, thereby costing you more money in the long run.

If you’ve used an at-home braces kit, or if you’ve used a DIY fix on your braces, such as rubber bands on metal braces, be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of gum disease and bacterial infection. Bacterial infections, especially infections of the teeth and mouth, can cause severe dental problems, including tooth loss and tooth decay. The symptoms of a gum infection or gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing

Gum infections can be serious if medical treatment is not found. Infections of the gums and mouth can spread to other parts of the body, including the bloodstream, and can even lead to life-threatening conditions like seizures and strokes.


Where can I get braces in Memphis?

If you’re interested in learning more about traditional or clear braces, Parris Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options to fit your individual needs. In addition to our orthodontic treatment services, we also offer dental services for each member of the family. Schedule your appointment online today!

Posted by Bill Parris at 11:06 AM
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