DIY Orthodontics A Bad Idea

A recent trend filling up social media these days is DIY orthodontics.  People, mainly teenagers, are trying to straighten and fix their teeth on their own, without the help of an orthodontist.  Many teens use dental floss or rubber bands to try and close gaps and move their teeth.  Many different videos can be found on ways to do this on the internet.

diy orthodonticsIn an article from Dentistry Today, Dr. Juan Rendon, DDS, explains why this trend is a bad idea and can even be dangerous.  He explains that some people may be embarrassed of their teeth and because they don’t have the financial means to get braces may turn to DIY orthodontics.

One of the dangers of DIY orthodontics is that the rubber bands can slide to the roots of the tooth and even become embedded in the tissues to cause infections.  There are many other reasons that it is a bad idea to try DIY orthodontics.  Read the full article here: Brace Yourself for DIY Orthodontia


malocclusionYou may have heard the term, malocclusion, when referring to crooked teeth.  Also commonly known as crowded teeth, cross bite, over bite, under bite or open bite.

Most people have some degree of misalignment, but for some people the misalignment causes more noticeable problems. If you have any pain in your jaw, problems with speech or eating, trouble with breathing, or any difficulty keeping the lips closed, you definitely need to see your dentist about those issues.

There are 3 types of malocclusion. Class I is the most common type.  In this type, the first molars are normal, but other teeth are affected by problems in spacing, crowding and over/under eruption.  Class II is when the upper molars significantly overlap the bottom teeth. Class III is the opposite of II in which the lower jaw protrudes more than the upper, causing the bottom front teeth to overlap the upper ones.

Malocclusion can either be inherited or acquired from bad habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Malocclusion can be treated with the use of dental braces. Braces help straighten teeth and push them to their correct position in order to fix the bite. Another way it can be treated is through removing teeth.  This helps with overcrowding.  Surgery of the jaw is very rare but may be needed in order to reshape the jaw or stabilize the jaw bone.

Causes And Treatment Of Malocclusion Of Teeth|Dental Health Site


Correcting your crooked teeth doesn’t have to mean getting traditional metal braces and enduring adjustments, food restrictions and discomfort along with it.  For many patients nowadays, Invisalign® is a better option.

Invisalign is a comfortable and convenient resolution for straightening teeth. Unlike traditional braces, it28349802-happy-business-woman-in-glasses-looking-vintage-portrait uses a cycle of aligner trays that can be easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing and more. There may some minor pressure or discomfort at the beginning, but they are not painful.  Dr. Lindsey Marshall, DMD in Philadelphia helps patients straighten their teeth all the time.  To learn more about Invisalign and Dr. Marshall read here.