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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Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.