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A recent trend in cosmetic improvements has orthodontist concerned; that trend is ‘do-it-yourself-braces.” According to WIVB in Buffalo, NY, orthodontists are putting parents on high alert because dozens of people (mainly teens) are trying to straighten their own teeth following the instructions of a YouTube video promising a “painful but cheap” alternative. The increasing interest and popularity has also prompted a PSA from the American Journal of Orthodontics.

Dr. Paul Ziarnowski is the Associate Chair of Orthodontics with University at Buffalo Dental, said, “With the advent of the internet now though, things go viral and go viral in a hurry.” He continued, “It keeps on putting force up the root, up the root, up the root. It damages the bone around the tooth. It can actually cause a tooth to be lost. It can cause a tooth to erupt all the way out of its socket.” Using this method to close a gap or straighten your own teeth can increase the risk for infection as well as serious damage to your teeth and gums.

While braces can be expensive, the risk far outweighs the reward when it comes to a do-it-yourself alternative to braces. If you are concerned about the expense of braces, the dentists at Check Dental are available to provide a free consultation, as well as a variety of payment options, including low down payments, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payments. Your need for braces may seem unnecessary because of the perceived cost involved, but Check Dental prides itself in providing quality dental and orthodontic care to patients at an affordable price.

Don’t fall prey to risky ideas being proliferated around the Internet. Get a professional opinion that will help you make an informed decision. Visit Check Dental on the web at or call (210) 399-3928 to schedule your free consultation right away.

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