DIY orthodontics are often marketed as a cheap, fast and effective way to straighten your teeth. All of this sounds appealing, but it could present a very real risk to your health.
DIY orthodontics are aligners which you buy online without visiting a dental practice. It involves an online form and payments for a ‘do-it-yourself’ kit which will have you make an impression (mould) of your teeth at home. You might also be asked to go to a shop to have your teeth scanned digitally.
The impressions or scans of your teeth are then used to make a set of aligners. These are then sent to you in the post, along with your treatment plan.
Worryingly, this all happens without seeing either a dentist or orthodontist.
The risks of DIY aligners
As with most shortcuts, there is an endless list of risks associated with DIY orthodontic treatment.
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