Have you seen the commercials on tv and considered do-it-yourself (DIY) braces? Maybe your child has watched one of the thousands of videos on at-home orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists urges partents to beware of these videos and tv commericals, as they can create serious oral health damage!
Orthodontic care should not be attempted at home. Here is a great article about the dangers of attempting to straighten teeth at home. Using objects found in the home to straighten teeth can lead to permanent loss of teeth!
Signs that your child may be attempting to straighten teeth at home are:
- foreign objects around teeth such as paperclips, rubber bands, or dental floss
- extruded upper front teeth
- loose permanent teeth
- swollen or bleeding gums
- unexplained oral and facial discomfort
Dr. Aimee Skelton is highly trained, experienced, and knowledgeable in orthodontics. She provides exceptional care to all her patients, so there is no need to attempt DIY braces at home!
Interested in improving your smile? Call our office today at 256-844-8221 or visit our website to schedule your free initial consultation! We can’t wait to meet you and see your #SkeltonSmile!