In recent years, enterprising teens on various social media platforms have shown off their strategies for skipping the orthodontist by using household items like rubber bands, fishing line, paper clips, earring backs, and dental floss to straighten their teeth. They might think they’re the MacGyvers of guerilla orthodontics, but they’re putting their teeth at serious risk, never mind that they’re unlikely to get the results they want.
The trouble is that shifting teeth into their proper position is not simply a matter of applying pressure to cause movement. Here at DentalCareXtra, our orthodontists spent years and years learning all the complexities of the teeth, gums, and jaws, and there’s no replacement for that kind of education.
When we design a treatment plan for a patient, we factor in growth patterns in the bones and facial tissues, how wisdom teeth affect the position of the other teeth and even the patients’ overall health. A kid with some paper clips does not have the knowledge or tools to do any of that.