The Dangers of DIY Braces

Don’t be fooled by the ‘DIY braces’ trend sweeping the internet. ‘DIY braces’ of all forms are dangerous and can leave you with very little to smile about.

In the last few days, it has emerged that an American university student created and used DIY plastic aligners with a 3D printer, in an attempt to align his teeth without the supervision of a specialist orthodontist. 

Attempting to close a gap or straighten your teeth yourself significantly increases the risk of infection and serious damage to your teeth and gums, which can result in tooth loss and ultimately, permanent damage. It is also worth considering that repairing the damage from DIY procedures could be far more expensive than the investment in specialist orthodontic care.

Moving teeth is a healthcare procedure and requires the supervision of a specialist orthodontist. Amongst the many reasons why you should see a specialist, an orthodontist has three years additional full time training, which means that only an orthodontist is specifically trained, qualified and experienced to treat issues to do with the alignment of teeth and jaws to ensure you, or your child, ends up with a healthy and confident smile.

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way since the days of metal braces; today, contemporary orthodontic treatments are designed to be as unobtrusive and practical as possible so patients can get on with their lives. Simple treatments are often more affordable than you might think, so it is worth seeking a professional opinion.

Please be wary of any suggestions to move teeth with 3D braces, rubber bands, dental floss, or other objects. DIY braces of any form is not worth the risk and straightening teeth is best left to specialist orthodontists.


About this blog

The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is the peak body for Orthodontists and orthodontic knowledge across Australia.

Orthodontics Australia by the ASO, is the ASO’s public information and advice channel. Our blog and social media platforms have been designed to assist your research efforts and help you understand the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, your orthodontic treatment options, the results you can expect and the journey along the way.

Of course, we can help you find registered orthodontists too with no referral needed! We hope you find this resource helpful and it gives you the confidence to take the next step in achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.