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Why You Should Avoid DIY Orthodontics July 30, 2016

Anchorage, Anchorage County
Why You Should Avoid DIY Orthodontics, Anchorage, Alaska

There is no denying the many benefits YouTube, Pinterest, and other DIY sites offer for baking, doing makeup, and learning to craft decorations for your home. These places are not, however, good sources for advice about orthodontics. The only people you should trust to safely straighten your teeth are professionally trained dentists, such as those at Family First Dentistry in Anchorage, AK. 

DIY orthodontics might seem like a good idea on the surface, but there are numerous reasons why you should avoid going down this road. Here are some of the more important ones:

  • They Could Lead To Surgery: One of the more popular DIY orthodontic trends is to place small rubber bands around teeth to decrease spaces. This has led to permanent tooth and gum damage for numerous people due to the bands slipping and moving up the teeth and under the gum line. When this movement occurs, it does not stop at the gum line but continues to move up to the bone. Removing the band often requires surgery. 
  • orthodontics-anchorage-akThey Could Cause Permanent Damage: The rubber band, paper clip, and even the trend of manually pushing on the front teeth to move them back can cause permanent damage. For instance, when the rubber band gets lodged around the tooth bone, it could lead to bone damage and the resorption of your tooth’s root, which could result in tooth loss. Also, manually trying to move your teeth with your hands is a quick way to break the teeth.
  • The Teeth Might Not Be Healthy Enough: One of the vital reasons you should visit a dentist or orthodontist before having braces put on your teeth is to have your overall oral health examined. If your dental health is not in good standing, you are not a good candidate for braces, as they could actually be detrimental to your teeth and gums. 

To receive professional orthodontic care, schedule an appointment with the dentists at Family First Dentistry today. You can call this family dentistry practice at (907) 562-2820 or learn more about them by visiting them online or on Facebook.

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