et’s face it: we’d all like to save money whenever we can. But there are simply some areas of life you can’t afford to skimp on. One of those areas is your physical health and well-being. You should leave your oral health to trusted professionals in nearly every situation. But some people just can’t resist the urge to DIY. Below, you’ll find three dental horrors that you should definitely never try at home.
Of all troubling tooth trends, this takes the cake. DIY braces were all over the internet last year after one college student figured out how to 3D print products similar to Invisalign. There are even YouTube tutorials wherein teenagers claim to create their own braces with rubber bands or hair ties. Unfortunately, these viral sensations likely resulted in serious physical harm. These methods can result in permanent damage to the gums and teeth, as well as tooth loss. While you may be tempted to save some money, you can’t afford to take such a huge gamble with your teeth. For the sake of your health, leave this to your orthodontist.
At-Home Tooth Pulling
Nearly 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed by their local dentists every year. But if you’re in pain and are worried about the bill, you might think there’s no harm in doing an extraction at home. This is far from the truth. Extracting your own tooth without the necessary tools and training is extremely dangerous and can actually end up making an infection worse. You might even cause severe damage to your teeth. No matter what, you’ll be in a lot of pain and will be putting your health at serious risk. The possible complications that stem from self-extraction simply aren’t worth it. Pay a visit to your local dentist instead and inquire about possible financing options to make the procedure more affordable for you.
Whitening Your Own Teeth
Tooth whitening at home is certainly more common than these other horrors, and you might not think it’s so bad. But those in the cosmetic dentistry field urge patients to do their research and follow instructions before delving in. If you use whitening strips as directed, you’ll probably be okay. But if you overuse them — or try to whiten your teeth with food-based acids or chlorine bleach — you could damage your enamel or hurt yourself in the process. In many cases, it’s better to make a teeth whitening appointment with your local dentist, who will use the right products and amounts appropriate for your needs.
It’s natural to want to save a bit of cash, but your oral health is worth splurging on. By avoiding the DIY route, you’ll ensure that your teeth and entire body stay in tip-top shape.