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Don’t risk the health of your teeth and smile with DIY orthodontics

“Do it yourself” can be a money-saving and educational approach to many kinds of projects, including home improvement, car maintenance or computer repairs. But it’s not a safe approach to orthodontics.

On YouTube, social media and elsewhere, contributors are sharing videos and articles about DIY orthodontic methods they claim will straighten teeth. They use everything from dental floss and rubber bands to paper clips and earring backs. Read more

When should I first bring my child to the orthodontist?

 

Parents often don’t think of making an appointment for their child to see an orthodontist until the child is a preteen or teenager. And it’s true: A large fraction of the patients in most orthodontics practices (including ours) are teenagers.

So would you be surprised to learn that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic screening by age 7? Read more

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