The Dangerous New Trend of ‘Gap Bands’ – DIY Braces Popular with Teens
February 25, 2019Image Credit:
Teenagers all over the United States have been taking part in a DIY braces trend called “gap bands.” These bands are used as a way to remove a gap between teeth. There are websites catering specifically to teens that sell gap band products. But please beware that this is a very dangerous trend and can cause damage to your dental health.
Properly Aligning The Teeth
Teeth are a living part of our bodies, containing living tissues and nerves. Our teeth are held in our mouths by gums and other connective tissues. When teeth fit together perfectly, they’re easier to keep clean, feel more comfortable, chew and speak properly, and make you feel confident in your smile. When there’s a gap in the teeth or they aren’t properly aligned, orthodontic treatment may be needed to move them into the right location.
Moving teeth is a very delicate and complex process, which should be left to the professionals. Using gap bands can cause teeth to move too quickly or at the wrong angle, which can lead to damage to the nerves, blood supply, and connective tissues. Eventually, this can cause tooth loss. We know that orthodontic treatment takes time, but there’s a reason it’s done gradually.
Using gap bands to close a gap in your teeth will harm the gum tissues, connective tissues, and will result in irreparable damage to the teeth and jaws. If you’re hesitant to wear traditional metal braces, you should know that there is a myriad of orthodontic options available to you including clear braces and Invisalign.
Here at Kuhni Orthodontic Studio, we urge you to make an appointment with our skilled orthodontist before considering any DIY orthodontic treatment. To make an appointment, please contact our Spanish Fork, Utah orthodontic office today.