Why You Should Avoid DIY Braces

Why You Should Avoid DIY Braces
Posted on 01/04/2019

Why You Should Avoid DIY Braces

Regardless of your age, our staff at Haney Orthodontics in San Anselmo, CA believes that all Californians deserve a beautiful, healthy smile! Our professional orthodontist, Dr. Eric Haney, has years of dental education under his belt to provide all of our patients with the utmost attention to detail and orthodontic care they deserve. By utilizing state-of-the-art orthodontic technology in a welcoming atmosphere, our experienced team is able to help bring your brilliant smile back to life, giving you the self-confidence you need to take on the world!

No matter how badly you want to get started on your journey to a perfect smile, it’s best to leave the teeth perfecting business to your San Anselmo orthodontic experts...which means avoiding DIY braces at all costs! DIY braces have become the latest internet sensation, as videos on Youtube have been encouraging young teens and adults to use at-home utensils and materials to bridge the gaps in between their teeth, all without having to visit their San Rafael, CA orthodontist at Haney Orthodontics! While these do-it-yourself teeth straightening techniques may seem easy and harmless, they can end up damaging your smile beyond belief...which is why our staff has put together this blog on why you should stay far, far away from DIY braces:

What Are Do-It-Yourself Braces?

DIY braces are commonly made from household materials such as small rubber bands, fishing line, or cotton twine. A person attempting to try out DIY braces will wrap these objects around two or more teeth at a time to “close a gap,” or to attempt to straighten their smile as cheaply as possible. Not only will using these materials to attempt to fix your smile not work, but they will cause irreparable damage to your mouth and your bite.

Your San Anselmo Expert Orthodontist Vs. DIY Braces

At Haney Orthodontics, orthodontic treatments and services are scientifically accurate processes that utilize technologically advanced machines, not to mention a sharp eye from our professional orthodontist. Dr. Haney went through rigorous dental education and years of schooling to ensure that he provides all of our patients with the highest level of orthodontic treatment possible. With in-depth knowledge and experience helping thousands of patients, Dr. Haney provides individualized treatment plans for both adolescent and adult braces that create healthy, beautiful smiles.

Unfortunately, attempting to use small rubber bands, fishing line, or cotton twine to achieve accurate orthodontic care not only doesn’t work, but it can actually cut off blood flow to your teeth – and if that happens for a long enough period of time, your teeth may die and fall out. Additionally, do-it-yourself braces can cause unwanted bacteria and infections to grow inside your mouth and gums from unsanitary objects constantly resting in between your teeth. DIY braces will never successfully align your smile the way that professional braces do, and they carry a significant risk of killing your teeth and doing lifelong damage to your bite.

Get In Touch With Haney Orthodontics in San Anselmo & San Rafael, CA Today!

If you or somebody you know is thinking about trying out DIY braces at home, our orthodontic team at Haney Orthodontics has a message for you: stay far, far away from DIY braces! No matter what ‘success’ stories you see on Youtube, do-it-yourself braces can damage your bite extensively, leading to rapid wear on your teeth and gums and longer treatment times to fix the harm you’ve already caused!


Instead of attempting to straighten your teeth at home, get in touch with Dr. Eric Haney, our board certified orthodontist. Here at Haney Orthodontics in San Anselmo & San Rafael, CA, we work tirelessly to provide each and every one of our patients with free braces consultations and easy payment plans to help you reach your smile goals as quickly as possible. Regardless of your situation, our staff can’t wait to help you get on the right path towards perfectly straight teeth!