Many want the look of a perfect smile, but they’re hesitant to invest the money and time into doing so. As tempting as it is to approach that desired outcome with a natural, home remedy, it’s important to avoid teeth straightening on your own. Why? Because home remedies are usually ineffective and unsafe.
In the end, you may cost yourself more in time, energy, and damage than if you’d gone with a traditional method. Today, there are more options than ever before for straightening teeth in a safe and affordable way. Whether you’re looking for a teeth-straightening method that is not glaringly obvious or one that is wallet-friendly, there is likely a treatment suited for your preferences and needs.
Dangers of self-straightening
There are a number of detriments to attempting to self-treat your orthodontic needs. Just as you wouldn’t try to heal a broken bone at home, teeth require the care and monitoring of specialists. Without that assistance, you may do more damage to your teeth than any cosmetic damage that was initially present. These problems can include:
- No adjustments or course corrections
- Little customization or no customized treatment plan
- Bone loss
- Root resorption
- Deterioration (cavities, plaque buildup, gum issues)
Alternatives to self-treatment
As tempting as it may be to self-diagnose and treat your teeth’s cosmetic problems, remember the process is much more than what meets the eye. It’s important to work with a dentist or orthodontist familiar with your teeth, history, and needs who will design an appropriate treatment option. Here are some alternatives to self-treatment:
Clear aligners are a relatively new orthodontic tool that provides unmated benefits for patients. From faster treatment times when compared with traditional braces to a relatively undetectable appearance, thanks to the clear plastic trays, clear aligners may provide the relief you need without interrupting your lifestyle.
Sure, this straightening method is not great for blending in, but it is effective overall. After all, there’s a reason it has remained the top treatment option for orthodontic patients. Metal braces are affordable, efficient, and address complex dental problems like crowding, gaps, or bite issues.
For the best of both worlds, consider ceramic braces. This method combines the benefits of traditional braces with a less visible appearance thanks to ceramic, tooth-colored brackets. This method can be used to treat complex dental issues without being as noticeable as other methods.
Another method of teeth straightening to consider is lingual braces. Lingual braces are essentially traditional metal braces but on the inside of the teeth. Because they’re hidden behind the teeth, you can straighten your smile without the world knowing. If cosmetics are a big part of wanting to treat your smile, this is one method to consider.
The bottom line
Home treatment options for straightening teeth should be avoided. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t address all of your teeth’s needs in an inconspicuous, quick, or affordable way according to your needs. Consult a qualified professional to discuss your options and understand which is best for you.