We live in a time where we have access to information and everyone is learning … “Do It Yourself” (DIY) techniques. DIY seems best for everything from building a new deck to changing the oil in your car to even creating your own personal care products! It’s certainly practical and, perhaps, even a smart plan if you are a person who is handy. However, DIY is not always a good idea. In fact, in some circumstances, it may be disastrous.
We do not recommend dental treatments as a DIY strategy. Yes, believe it or not, there is a trend to take dental work into your own hands, literally. The American Dental Association is even warning people to beware of videos that show you how to straighten your teeth using rubber bands, dental floss or other products. We are concerned and want to let you know the risks of DIY and how in some cases it may result in permanent loss of teeth, gum disease or other health issues. (See the ADA video here)
Yes, everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile, but DIY is not the way to do it.
Instead, the healthiest and most economical choice for orthodontic treatment is to have a licensed orthodontist provide all treatments. Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons a child should get an orthodontic check-up much earlier. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends orthodontic evaluations beginning at age 7.
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Family dental care is essential to promote healthy lifestyles. Whether a child or an adult, see your licensed dental care provider for pediatric and adult dental, orthodontic and cosmetic treatments. It’s the smart and healthy decision.
EJL Dental specializes in dental and orthodontic treatments for people of all ages. We also do emergency dental treatment, teeth whitening and family dental care in the Bethesda, Maryland area. Contact us at (301) 881- 6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.