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DIY Don'ts: Orthodontics

October 2015

Teen with bracesWe've already warned you about the possible harmful effects of DIY teeth whitening, but this is even worse!

This new trend of DIY orthodontics is truly concerning. Now teenagers who are unhappy with their smiles and need orthodontic work are turning to online tutorials on YouTube and other sites for at-home treatment. A recent news article cites a video titled, "Cheap easy braces! Without going to the dentist!" in which a teenager explains how to use rubber bands to close a gap between teeth. Although she successfully closed the gap in her smile, dentists and orthodontists warn heavily against this. This at-home alternative to braces or other orthodontic work can cause irreversible damage to the structure of your teeth and your jaw.

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but treatment under the care of a professional is much safer and the much better choice in the long run. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can help with the bill.

The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can help you save 20% on orthodontic treatment and 20% to 60% on dental visits, cleanings and other major work. Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or click here to search for a provider near you, schedule your appointment and save.