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Why You Need to Avoid D-I-Y Orthodontics & Dentistry

Why moving your own teeth without a dentist is a bad idea

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could not go to the dentist and “straighten your teeth” at home? Instead of driving to a dentist’s office, you just grab a pair of paperclips, wrap them around your teeth, and voilà, you just re-invented braces… Not a good idea.

The Internet is at it again with dangerous do-it-yourself ideas that are telling people to do their own dental work. The American Dental Association has reported that people are using risky, unclean and unsafe methods to straighten their teeth that they learned from social media.

Do-it-yourselfers are buying rubber bands from Wal-Mart that are intended and designed for use with braces and not for exposed gums and teeth. People wrap gapped teeth with the rubber bands, or if they can’t afford the rubber bands, they use home items such as paper clips or fishing wire and hope for the best. The rubber bands move up the teeth and cut gums until infectious sores grow or the rubber bands rips out the teeth. 

There is a reason why dentists have attended years of dental schooling. A dentist understands that you can’t just move a tooth independently. The entire jaw, mouth muscles, bone structure, nerves and blood vessels have to move with the tooth. People are destroying their mouths because they don’t know the dynamics of orthodontics. These homemade dental tools are also not clean and full of bacteria.

Dentist’s offices are now seeing many patients that have hurt themselves and had serious damage done to their mouths after attempting their own dental procedures. Many of the problems are irreversible. 

Getting your health advice from Youtube isn’t the only way to make detrimental and costly mistakes. There have been reports of serious problems from patients using mail order teeth straightening systems. Once again, patients end up going to a dentist to fix what went wrong.

  • We do not object, condemn or approve of mail order dental kits, but we do want you to be aware of possible outcomes.

Other lesser named teeth aligners advertise mail order teeth straightening for an advertised low cost to start. Hard hit social advertising suggests home teeth straightening for a down payment of about $250 or a one time payment of $1950. Sounds like a good idea if you want your teeth partially straightened because that is what you are paying for. 

Without a proper x-ray or scanner, patients do not know what kind of alignment treatment they need. Teeth alignment is not a one size fits all program. Only a credentialled, trained dentist can determine if a patient is a good fit for aligner trays, or if they need to use braces.

Sometimes a patient who might need braces tries to use mail order alignment trays that won’t fix their problem. Most of the mail-order systems only take one impression of the patient’s mouth, make the aligner trays once, and do not oversee the progress. Plus, these at-home systems do not tell you the reason behind why teeth are out of alignment, which could be serious. If the underlying problem remains ignored, then the teeth will return to the way they were or worse.

The difference with going to 32 Pearls is that they have the ability to handle special cases. Not every patient will have exactly the same dental issues. Quite often and in most cases there are distinctions that need specialized attention before teeth straightening begins. Mail order can not fix these challenges because no one is actually there with you.

Do you really want to make your own putty impression with a mouth widener that has been shipped to you? Would you buy a heart transplant and repair kit from Amazon?

They are charging money for a product that may not be safe for patients. Most of these teeth straightening clubs ask the patients to sign a “No complaint” waiver if anything should happen since the patient does their own teeth impressions with putty, a mouth stretcher and their own digital camera. If you make a mistake, your aligners will shift your teeth in the wrong direction, not fix all of your teeth, and the bite is off.

Invisalign is the #1 patient and dentist recommended teeth straightening system in the world.

32 Pearls is a top 1% Diamond Invisalign provider, which means an experienced Invisalign dentist provides the treatment.

You get an entire team that is available to you to make sure your teeth are aligned safely and in a clean, sterile and suitable environment.

The Invisalign process starts with a 3-D digital iTero scan so that the aligner trays are custom fit only for your mouth. There is NO PUTTY involved because Invisalign is cutting edge technology that no longer uses old devices to set a mold.

It’s true that with Invisalign, your visits are less frequent and shorter than the days of braces. Adults and especially children still need to periodically come in so that we can monitor their progress, make any adjustments and never leave them high and dry. We are always there for our patients. They can call the office anytime.

The difference with going to 32 Pearls is that they have the ability to handle special cases. Not every patient will have exactly the same dental issues. Quite often and in most cases there are distinctions that need specialized attention before teeth straightening begins. Mail order can not fix these challenges because no one is actually there with you.

32 Pearls offers a low cost, summertime special for an entire all-inclusive Invisalign Package. 

You get it all.

☑️Retainers, Records, and Aligners included

☑️FREE Bleaching – Invisalign trays have a unique scalloped design that keeps bleach away from the gums, preventing irritation and burns

☑️You can use your insurance and HSA benefits for this, making it even MORE affordable

☑️Visit our office for a FREE Invisalign consultation to see how we can give you a smile that you deserve

You get even more.

  • Individualized attention 
  • Highly advanced dentistry 
  • Quality standard of care  
  • Team of professionals.

Many methods of payment are accepted including insurance. See our Invisalign information page for more details.

32 Pearls is your #1 Seattle and Tacoma dental team that is ready to help you start your smile journey. Come in today and get the real deal with Invisalign.

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