The Dangers of DIY Braces

The Dangers of DIY Braces
Posted on 04/19/2017
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While we enjoy do-it-yourself or DIY tutorials that can make easy work of various household tasks and hobbies, we are very alarmed over an online trend that is making headlines around the world. In several online videos, young people are showing others how to perform what is being referred to as “DIY braces” or “DIY orthodontics.” In these demonstrations, people are showing viewers how to bind their teeth with various materials like rubber bands, elastic hair ties and dental floss to prompt the teeth to move into proper alignment.

Dr. Choonara and the team at Choonara Orthodontics wants to warn former, current and potential patients about the dangers of  DIY braces, as they can result in devastating consequences like severe infections of the gums and underlying bone. This practice can even loosen the teeth to the point where they fall out or come out very easily. Anyone trying to save money on orthodontic care by attempting to move their own teeth could end up in an emergency room with tooth & bone damage that may require extensive and very expensive dental treatment to remedy. This could end up costing more than seeking professional orthodontic care. 

The only people who can safely and effectively move teeth are orthodontists like Dr. Choonara who have the education and experience to provide orthodontic care. We would like to encourage all you parents out there to talk to your kids about how dangerous DIY braces is. Let your children know that this is a very dangerous thing to do, and can result in extensive and costly medical and dental care.

Contact Your Johannesburg Orthodontist

At Choonara Orthodontics, we provide children, teenagers and adults with high quality, personalized orthodontic care using the latest types of orthodontic appliances and technology. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Choonara, please call our office at (011) 678-8090 or you can request an appointment online with us today. We’re proud to serve patients in Randburg, Johannesburg, Sandton, Midrand and other surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!