DIY Braces? It's a no from the professionals!

Should I Make My Own Braces?

Now that many orthodontic offices are closed and more kids are off from school, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be tempting for you to take matters into your own hands when it comes to orthodontic treatment. If you or your child is in need of braces, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take care of it with some common household items? After all, braces are just a bunch of wires and metal pieces, right?

If you’re thinking this way, we urge you to stop. Not only could you cause irreparable damage to your smile, you put yourself at risk for developing serious problems.

The Dangers of Making Your Own Braces

Choosing to go through drawers at home and finding materials with which to make your own braces is a big mistake. Items like wire, paper clips and rubber bands may be at the ready, however, you can cause extreme harm to your teeth and gums if you choose to make your own set of braces. Damage that DIY braces can cause includes:

  • Irreparable tooth damage
  • Infections
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Bone damage
  • Tooth loss

These problems will warrant a visit to a dental specialist to fix, which can come with a hefty price tag. You also put yourself at risk for creating more problems with the spacing and alignment of the teeth…even more so than when you first started. That’s why it’s best to leave orthodontic treatment to the pros.

The Benefits of Proper Orthodontic Care

The fact is, you’re not a professional. You didn’t spend years in school learning about the field of orthodontics and you haven’t spent the time perfecting your skills. This means you aren’t qualified to physically move your own teeth. In seeing an orthodontist, you’re able to take advantage of the benefits associated with proper orthodontic care.

These include:

  • Customized treatment plans
  • Safe procedures
  • Guaranteed results
  • Peace of mind

When you do the right thing and trust in a qualified orthodontist to help fix your smile, you won’t have to worry about the outcome. Your treatment plan is meticulously thought out to provide you with the best results possible.

You also won’t have to worry about developing infections, due to foreign objects in the mouth. The equipment your orthodontist uses is all medical-grade and is meant to be in the mouth, and safe procedures ensure your mouth stays safe and healthy during treatment.

Leave Orthodontic Treatment to the Professionals

In utilizing proper orthodontic care, you can rest assured your end results will be amazing. There’s no guesswork, no gray area. All you can expect from all your hard work and dedication is a beautiful smile. So, let’s leave the paper clips and rubber bands in the junk drawer where they belong and only use these items for the purpose they were meant to serve. This way, once your orthodontist’s office opens again, you’ll be able to begin treatment the right way. The safe way.

At Milnor Orthodontics, our experts are here to help you achieve a priceless smile. Call our office at (970) 484-3214 or visit to learn more. We're located at 1103 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.