Buyer Beware! DIY Braces are a bad idea
(Posted on 02/03/20)
You may have seen adverts on TV & social media advertising cheap DIY braces without the need to see an orthodontist.
These companies offer a service where you take your own impressions (moulds) or go to one of their shops to have a digital scan done of your teeth.
Braces from these companies are usually clear removable aligner type appliances which superficially look a lot like Invisalign treatment.
You do not get a full assessment by an orthodontist and importantly, they do not usually give you the opportunity to talk to a dentist or orthodontist about your treatment (including the various types of braces available) nor the benefits and risks that may be involved.
The Oral Health Foundation & British Orthodontic Society (BOS) have launched the Safe Brace campaign to promote, educate and inform people on safe orthodontic treatment.
Professor Jonathan Sandler, BOS President said;
"In my professional opinion, if you embark on any orthodontic treatment without a suitably trained clinician taking the time to examine you and make appropriate recommendations you could be in danger of having serious conditions missed, as well as inappropriate and dangerous treatment carried out.
What other transforming dental or medical procedure would you undergo without an in-person evaluation or supervision by a medical professional?
Never cut corners or gamble with your oral health"
If you are interested in having treatment carried out by fully trained registered professionals in a specialist practice simply contact us and we'll be happy to help.
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