The Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

The American Association of Orthodontists has issued a warning urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites which urge them to try and straighten their own teeth. We encourage you to share with others, that moving teeth is a medical procedure which requires direct supervision by a licensed orthodontic specialist like Dr. Razdolsky.

“Everyone should be wary of any suggestion to move their teeth with rubber bands, dental floss, or any other objects ordered off the internet,” said Anna Razdolsky. “Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could have grave results.”

As we learned from Dr. Razdolsky’s most recent conference and the discussion on impacted canines, more often we do not see the underlying issues below the gum line that may be the root cause to misalignment of the teeth. What’s more, without comprehensive evaluation by an AAO Orthodontist we cannot know what impacts the movement of teeth may have on surrounding teeth, the bite and even the roof of the mouth. Realignment of the teeth can impact jaw structure, facial shape and more importantly the airways. Improper treatment could result in expensive and lifelong dental problems with breathing and overall health due to tooth decay, gum disease and in severe cases, permanent tooth loss.

Did you know… all orthodontists are dentists, but only six percent of dentists are orthodontists? Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite. In addition, Dr. Razdolsky’s continuing study and education allow him to stay up on the latest treatments which will improve the quality of your oral health for a lifetime. He understands that each patient is unique and requires a special treatment plan specific to their needs in effort to achieve the best long-term result.

Everyone wants a great smile and we want you (and everyone you know) to be confident in showcasing yours. If you see something, say something. Warn your friends of the perils of do-it-yourself braces and teeth aligners. Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team are here to ensure you, and they... not only look good, but have a healthy smile that will last forever!