DIY Orthodontics and Why You Should Avoid It
You may have seen Facebook articles or Youtube videos that show you how to change your smile at home; there are even companies that advertise at-home impressions and mailed clear aligners without leaving your house or seeing a dental professional. These do-it-yourself treatments can cause extreme damage to your oral health and future dental issues with dangerous and costly side effects.

When diagnosing patients and presenting treatment plans, Drs. Graber and Gyllenhaal will not only do an expert clinical orthodontic evaluation, they will consult diagnostic photographs and x-rays in order to create the best customized treatment plan for a beautiful and healthy smile. DIY orthodontics and mail-away companies do not take into account a patient’s bone health, quality and health of gum tissue, cavities, general oral hygiene, or dental fillings and restorations like crowns or veneers. The absence of such information can have severe consequences. DIY and at-home orthodontics can cause you to lose teeth, and suffer gum damage or infection.

If you are interested in moving your teeth, it is best to consult with a trained professional. Orthodontists graduate from college, attend dental school (4 years) and after graduation they can compete to enter an additional dental specialty education program. If accepted, they pursue another 2-3 years of full-time focused university education in this dental specialty area. Based on this added education and experience, orthodontists understand the specific biomechanics of orthodontic braces/aligners and can optimize the results and safety of both tooth movement and jaw development. Drs. Graber and Dr. Gyllenhaal, Illinois licensed dental specialists in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, are available to address your concerns and present you with the safest and fastest way to create a healthy, beautiful smile.

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