Braces are a rite of passage for many teenagers. At some point in most young lives, braces become a dreaded mantle for those who must wear them and something to covet for those who don’t need them. This can lead to many kids creating DIY braces to fake having their own orthodontics in their mouth. While it may seem like harmless, silly fun, it can cause real damage to your kid’s teeth.

DIY braces can be a cheap, dangerous, alternative for those who want to straighten teeth out;

or a fashion statement by envious teenagers wanting to be a part of the braces crowd. Either way, the effects of this fake braces–usually made from cheap elastics and paperclips–can be severe.

Below are some ways that DIY braces can cause problems for those looking to fit in and those looking to fix their smile themselves.


The materials used to create DIY braces are, at best non-sterilized items, at worst, things picked up around the house. The materials can very easily cut into the sensitive tissue of gums and allow bacteria and other foreign bodies in, resulting in painful and damaging infections in gums and the base of teeth. In the most dire of situations, the infection can spread to other parts of your facial tissue and become a truly life threatening situation if untreated.

It Won’t Last

In many cases of DIY braces, the results you want may not be permanent. As soon as the materials are removed the teeth can migrate back to their natural position. Professional braces are designed to spend years slowly working teeth into new positions permanently, while DIY braces moveable and likely only worn for a few weeks or months.

Effects of Unintended Tooth Movement

While you may be trying to close a gap with some rubber bands, you could inadvertently move other teeth without realizing it. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can affect the way you talk and chew, forcing you to alter your mouth habits after years of building up muscle memory and practices. You could develop a speech impediment, even as serious as speech asphyxia.

Related Questions

How Much Do Braces Cost?

It’s a shot into the wallet for any parent because braces are, unfortunately, quite expensive yet necessary. Getting braces is a highly customized procedure and will result in different cost estimates across the board but $5,500 is the average with some treatments costing as much as $10,000.

Do Braces Damage Teeth?

Dental braces are a metal fixture on your teeth, this means you run the risk of tooth damage while using them. It’s harder to clean your teeth properly with braces and you will have to brush your teeth more frequently and more in-depth. The process of removing braces can also damage the enamel of your teeth. When handled properly, the benefits of braces outweigh any potential negative effects.

Don’t take orthodontics into your own hands. Talk to a professional and do your research on the best practices. At Sedki Dentistry, Commerce MI, you will find affordable and effective orthodontic care. Dr. Sedki’s mission is to improve the oral health of his patients. He will take the time to completely understand your orthodontic situation.

If you are considering early or adult orthodontic treatment, traditional braces, or new effective technologies like Clear Correct, our Commerce Twp. dental practice is your complete dental and orthodontic solution. Call today and schedule a Free dental consult!