Why DIY Clear Aligners are a Bad Idea

Article submitted By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.

DIY orthodontics has become a trend in recent years, with companies such as SmileDirectClub offering customers the chance to create their own teeth molds for 3D-printed clear aligners. Unlike traditional orthodontic appointments, this process is usually done virtually. This has raised questions from experienced dental professionals and organizations.

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have released statements strongly discouraging the use of DIY braces and clear aligners because doing orthodontics yourself can result in mishaps and permanent damage to your teeth. Past brace users have lost teeth and the ability to bite correctly after using DIY mail order clear aligners. The truth is that applying braces is a complex process that requires attention to detail and the experienced hand of a professional guiding you through an orthodontic procedure.  

A trained dental professional can accurately assess the health of your teeth and the details of their misalignment. They will know how to use braces to move your teeth in a safe and appropriate manner. This will keep you from experiencing the pain of damaged gums, jaws, or tooth loss. For your own safety and the success of your treatment, be sure to contact a local orthodontist you can talk to in person if you need braces. One such professional is our very own Dr. Mark Rashidi.

Dr. Mark Rashidi is an Orthodontist in Lake Forest who also serves patients in cities such as Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Irvine. He is the head orthodontist of Remarkable Smiles, and he is happy to consult with you regarding traditional braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.