A rising number of people are prepared to risk their teeth by copying YouTube clips and online methods to straighten teeth. A shocking array of household items, including rubber bands have been shown as suitable tools for DIY dentistry. Many dentists in America said that they had seen patients with serious dental damage following an attempt to straighten a tooth.

Key Messages

– Moving a tooth is a complex process requiring thorough dental assessment and supervision

– Incorrect or unsuitable techniques can result in serious damage

– Consult a dentist if you are thinking about teeth straightening

DIY straightening can cause irreversible damage. Always consult your dentist who will ensure that treatment is carried out safely.

You have to remember that the goal of good orthodontic treatment is obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime — shortcuts can be disastrous.”

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