Alternative to Invisalign: What to Know About "Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics"
What is “Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics”?
“Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics” is a growing trend in orthodontics whereby patients undergo a tooth straightening treatment plan at home, without the supervision of an orthodontist. One of the main draws of this type of orthodontic treatment is that the companies that offer this service market it as a more affordable alternative to visiting the orthodontist.
At Diamond Braces, we want our patients to be educated about the potential drawbacks of this type of orthodontic treatment. On this page, you will find more information about what to consider before beginning a DIY orthodontic treatment plan and some potential risks associated with unsupervised, at-home teeth straightening.
Considerations Before Undergoing “Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics”
The following questions should be asked before you begin any type of at-home, DIY orthodontic treatment plan:
- Who is treating you?
- Do you know the dentist’s name?
- Do you know the dentist’s credentials?
- Do you know the dentist’s reputation?
- Who is responsible for your treatment outcomes?
- Who will oversee your care if complications arise during treatment?
Our recommendation is first to visit your neighborhood orthodontic office for an opinion before considering treating yourself. If cost is your primary concern, please keep in mind that we accept all insurance plans at Diamond Braces, and our office will work with you to find an affordable solution if you do not have insurance coverage. In addition, we often run special offers that may make your orthodontic treatment more affordable.
Why We Don’t Recommend Treating Yourself
Generally speaking, you need to be an orthodontist with experience to be able to treat yourself.
Using “Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics” is like saving a trip to the hairdresser and giving yourself a haircut at home. However, if you make a mistake your hair will grow back.
Yes, you can cut your hair yourself and save money, but, if you do not like your new haircut, your hair will grow back. Would your teeth grow back if you make a mistake or a complication arises? What if you do not like how your teeth look once treatment is over, would you be able to move them back?
If a tooth falls behind during the treatment, there is no orthodontist to correct the problem. A one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach does not work for everybody. Just like fingerprints, your teeth are unique and an experienced orthodontist can come up with a treatment plan that fits your teeth and monitor your progress.
As orthodontic professionals with specialized training, we don’t recommend risking your teeth to an at-home, DIY orthodontic treatment plan.
Your oral health – and overall health – are not something worth experimenting on, as the potential risks are far too great. But you don’t have to simply take our word for it; do your own research by going beyond a simple Google search. Conduct real research by speaking to one or more qualified doctors, by visiting your neighborhood orthodontic office for an opinion, or by requesting an online opinion.
We are here to help and to educate.