Do It Yourself Dentistry?

Recently you may have heard about certain YouTube videos demonstrating do it yourself dentistry. People claim that they have successfully closed gaps in their teeth using simple $5 elastic bands.  When you think of the great costs of orthodontics, this may seem like a tempting alternative. But orthodontists warn that DIY teeth straightening or gap closing is not only foolish, it can lead to permanent tooth loss.

An article from Catherine Saint Louis of The New York Times tells about a man, David Campbell, who tried to close a gap between his two front teeth by using elastics when he was a child.  As a result, he ultimately lost his two front teeth because of elastic bands working their way under the gum tissue and loosening his teeth.  He now has veneers.

So tempting as it may seem, do it yourself dentistry is probably not a good idea. Check out the full article from The NY Times here: Do-It-Yourself Orthodonture: Don’t Try This at Home –


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.