Recent online advertising of DIY orthodontic treatment has resulted in some people turning to the Internet in the hope of a quick, cheap fix for their crooked teeth. Self cures like “gap bands” and self- administered clear aligners lack the supervision and guidance that is necessary for safe and effective movement of teeth.
Moving teeth within jawbones is a science and relies on in-depth understanding of facial jawbone growth, the biomechanics of tooth movement, and bone physiology. Additionally, orthodontists carefully review each patient’s medical history to see if it may influence how their body will respond to therapy. Unsupervised treatment could result in root shortening, tooth damage, or even tooth loss. Check out this article showing how the use of a self-administered rubber band to try to close a gap resulted in damage to the gums and teeth:
In order to safely get the treatment results you desire it is important to seek the care of an orthodontist. Orthodontists differ from general dentists in that they first complete 4 years of dental training and then continue their training in orthodontics for an additional 2-3 years. Once a doctor has completed this added specialty training they are considered an orthodontist and are permitted membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Dr. Susan Lempert is a local orthodontist and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Lempert attributes the success of her patients’ orthodontic treatment and the quality of her results to the mutual trust between her and her patients. Patients of Dr. Lempert believe in the quality of her specialty care and understand that it is a service that has value in their lives.
Many people desire straight teeth but do-it-yourself straightening is not a wise choice. It is dangerous and ineffective. For this healthcare procedure it is best to step away from the lure of DIY Internet videos and contact Dr. Lempert. She will arrange for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation and discuss treatment options in a way that fits your needs and budget.
For more information about Dr. Lempert and her practice you can visit her website at: www.lempertsmile.com.