DIY Braces – Can you Straighten Teeth Without Braces?

Other than brushing, flossing, tongue-scraping, and in some cases oil-pulling, it is very rare (if ever) we recommend “DIY” for any dental treatment. That is why when we heard that people are constructing DIY braces to straighten their teeth, we were shocked to say the least.

At our practice, we are open to new approaches to dentistry, but we evaluate all new techniques and materials with a thorough analysis of the peer-reviewed scientific research combined with our experience and common sense. In this article, we will apply this philosophy and give you the facts and our opinions of DIY braces.

What are DIY Braces?

DIY braces refers to the concept of attempting to straighten one’s teeth using elastic bands or or by other various means without the help or consultation of a dental professional.

As you can see, this girl wore rubber bands around her teeth to bring them together. Although shot in 2012, this video has somehow managed to resurface into public circulation, causing a lot of buzz and controversy.

Are DIY Braces Safe?

Although the girl in the video above was able to close the gap between her teeth, choosing the DIY route over seeking the help of a dentist or orthodontist can be extremely dangerous. In an interview with Amarillo, Texas News Channel 10, an orthodontist named Dr. Steve Astuto explains the downside of DIY braces,

So what you started out hoping would be a really quick fix to close that little space is now costing you thousands and thousands of dollars in surgical fees and now you have to have two implants to replace those front teeth, and it’s just not a good situation.

Image Courtesy of American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics


In conclusion, we can confidently say DON’T TRY DIY BRACES! As you can see, the rubber band made its way under the gums so far that the top gum had to be peeled back to expose and remove the rubber band. DIY braces are simply unsafe and could result in a number of unprecedented complications we have yet to see. Although it may seem like a good idea to save some money, the potential consequences will end up costing you a lot more (refer to above picture).