Do Not Attempt This At Home…

DIYAn average professional dental cleaning can cost you anywhere from $75 to $200 dollars, twice yearly, and that doesn’t include dental x-rays. Wouldn’t it just be easier to do it yourself? At your neighborhood Walgreens you can purchase a dental pick and scaler kit for under $8.00 and it’s a one-time purchase. You can learn right on the internet how to clean your own teeth. A good idea? NOT. Dental hygienists undergo two years of training in the sciences including classes in dental hygiene, radiology, and dental materials. They are required to obtain a license by passing exams that test their clinical skills and knowledge. Regardless, the internet has people believing they can perform their own dental services, but experts say do not attempt this at home!


There are DIY programs all over the TV and DIY videos all over the internet regarding home improvement, cars repair, and just about anything else you can think of. The newest “do it yourself” trend, however, concerns dentistry. YouTube videos claiming you can straighten teeth using wires or elastic bands have popped up all over the internet. According to experts, trying to straighten your own teeth can be dangerous to your dental health. Dentists and orthodontists are already seeing the damaging results.

No Quick Fix

Attempting to straighten your teeth or close a diastema (a gap or space between your two front teeth) with rubber bands being marketed as ‘gap bands’ has caused at least one consumer pain and the bands cut into her gums. Dental experts say that gap bands can actually pull the tooth out of the jawbone leading to tooth loss and other ongoing dental problems. They would like consumers to be aware that medical treatments are meant to be performed by trained medical professionals, and you should not try to perform your own dental procedures at home.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation call our San Fernando Valley, CA office today at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve residents of Pacoima as well as San Fernando, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and surrounding communities.