Is it Safe to Straighten Your Teeth at Home?

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While teeth-straightening is a domain that needs the active supervision of an orthodontist, the trend of ordering in DIY clear aligners online to solve the purpose is slowly picking up pace, especially among youngsters. People with a lack of time and resources to visit a dentist often resort to this teeth-straightening method at home. But despite its popularity, the procedure has been termed unsafe and could lead to further complications. Here’s why…

No clinical supervision

Doctor’s supervision is the most important criterion of any treatment, no matter how small or big the issue is. Just like we should never do self-medication for any ailment without the doctor’s advice, our teeth need equal attention, too. Dentists and orthodontists have spent years gaining this expertise, and it reflects in their treatment. They carefully examine the malocclusion and suggest the course of treatment based on the diagnosis. But in the case of mail-order aligners, the DIY kits used for self-diagnosis may not be foolproof. There is no way to verify that the teeth impressions sent for evaluation are being checked by orthodontists or not. In addition, there could be more serious issues like tooth decay or gum diseases that need treatment first, which can’t be self-diagnosed.

Inferior results

In most cases, teeth-straightening attempts at home have resulted in faulty results. For some, the diagnosis was wrong and the aligners sent were not of appropriate fit. For others, all the aligners were exhausted, but the teeth were yet to completely move to the desired position. Such situations lead to more complications and the whole procedure could turn out to be a futile exercise. And, in the end, one has to still visit the orthodontist to get the problem fixed. Thus, a treatment that started as a low-cost venture could end up being an expensive one with no real solution.

Lack of retainers

Teeth-straightening treatment with clear aligners is always followed up by wearing retainers. The doctor evaluates the final position of your teeth and suggests the need for retainers for a certain time. The retainers keep the teeth from moving back to their earlier position after the treatment is over. However, for mail-order kits, you may or may not receive retainers, and there’s no expert advice on how long to wear them. There have been multiple incidents of mail-order clear aligner treatment gone wrong and it is a risk that is not worth taking. Orthodontists have repeatedly alerted people against any such attempts that do not include clinical diagnosis or supervision and have termed them highly unsafe.