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windsor co orthodontist diy braces dangersConcerned orthodontists across the country are seeing a growing trend in “do it yourself” braces, fueled by social media and plenty of easily available online videos. Our Windsor, CO, orthodontist warns that this new trend can cause permanent damage to your mouth. Read more to learn why DIY braces are not safe!

Our Windsor, CO, Orthodontist Says – Do NOT Do This at Home!

We all want great-looking teeth, but trying to straighten them on your own can have severe consequences, says our orthodontist in Windsor. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recently issued a warning about the dangers of DIY braces after reporting an increase in the number of teens who have tried different “homemade” techniques. According to our Windsor, CO, orthodontist, teens watch and share YouTube videos with catchy titles like “Cheap Easy Braces,” which describe how to use regular rubber bands, paper clips, bobby pins, and even aluminum foil. These DIY methods may end up causing real damage to your teeth.

DIY Braces Can Cause Serious Damage to Teeth and Gums

One of the more common ways people try to straighten their teeth is to use a rubber band or hair tie to close an often-bothersome gap between the two front teeth. Sometimes the rubber band works its way up through the gum line – where it becomes embedded in the gum tissue or wrapped around the root of the tooth, explains our orthodontist in Windsor, CO. The rubber band then needs to be extracted by a dental professional.

In some cases, the DIY straightening method has actually caused the permanent tooth to loosen or even fall out, says our orthodontist in Windsor. This happens because each tooth is held in place by the periodontal ligament, which can be damaged by the embedded rubber band, cutting off the blood supply to the crucial tissues. Besides a “mouth of pain,” this situation can also cause an infection in the now suffering patient.

Leave Braces to the Real Experts at Ebert Orthodontics!

Individuals with no orthodontic training or understanding of how the teeth move may end up with irreversible harm, warns our Windsor, CO, orthodontist. Because orthodontic movement is carefully designed for exact, precise alignment, moving the teeth improperly with a DIY technique can cause the roots of the teeth to deteriorate.

Our Windsor, CO, Orthodontist Makes Braces Affordable for Families

Please don’t go on YouTube to find out how braces can work for you! At Ebert Orthodontics, our helpful, friendly staff will work with you to come up with a flexible payment plan that won’t break the bank. Call us to learn more!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about your child’s braces or other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Ebert Orthodontics, with a convenient orthodontist office near Windsor, CO, by clicking here or by calling 970.490.6065.

“I’m 15 years old and have been coming to Ebert Orthodontics for the past 3 years. I love the staff, they are all really friendly and sweet! I am allergic to latex so I can’t have the colored bands, but last time I was in I was pleasantly surprised to see they had gotten me a special colored latex-free band! (It’s the little things that count!)”

- Diann P.
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“We want to thank you for the professional, compassionate care you’ve given our children on their orthodontic journeys. Your office achieves a wonderful blend of friendliness, warmth, and professionalism, as well as fun. It’s been a positive experience all along and we’re so pleased with the kids’ smiles.”

- Kevin & Graciela
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“My whole family has been impressed with the office of Dr. Ebert. I have 3 children for sure that will be getting braces, possibly four. Jennifer has been very helpful with information and Dr. Ebert’s explanation to the kids is awesome!! Highly recommend the office.”

- Stephanie C.
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“The staff is always friendly and I love the options for payment plans to make it affordable to have 2 children with braces. My children love going in for the appointments and the results of the treatments are fantastic!! Excellent all around!”

- Jamie C.
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“I have been going to Dr. Ebert forever!! She did my braces when I was in middle school/high school. Now both of my girls see Dr. Ebert! Dr. Ebert and her staff are so great! Very welcoming and make the visit fun for the patients!”

- Dixie W.
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“Dr. Ebert and her team have changed my life! Before my braces I was afraid to smile and show my teeth. After my braces got taken off I was confident and smiled showing my teeth. I cannot thank you enough for helping me.”

- Hannah M.
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“My experience with Dr. Ebert’s office was great! The care was affordable with the payment plan they set up for me. The staff was very professional, well informed, polite and caring. There were a lot of fun activities, perks, prizes, etc. that are fun for kids and adults alike!”

- Lexi D.
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“I’m 15 years old and have been coming to Ebert Orthodontics for the past 3 years. I love the staff, they are all really friendly and sweet! I am allergic to latex so I can’t have the colored bands, but last time I was in I was pleasantly surprised to see they had gotten me a special colored latex-free band! (It’s the little things that count!)”

- Diann P.
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“We want to thank you for the professional, compassionate care you’ve given our children on their orthodontic journeys. Your office achieves a wonderful blend of friendliness, warmth, and professionalism, as well as fun. It’s been a positive experience all along and we’re so pleased with the kids’ smiles.”

- Kevin & Graciela
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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Ebert Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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Ebert Orthodontics
1028 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526

970.497.2439

Office Hours:
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday-Sunday: Closed

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