With access to the Internet, you can buy just about anything and unfortunately there has been a huge increase in DIY dental treatments. These devices can cause potential health risks that patients may not consider.
Clear aligners are a popular solution for straightening teeth, but there are online systems where a dental impression kit is mailed to you. You take a DIY dental impression before sending it back to the company who then create your clear aligners using this home-made impression. The risks include poorly fitting aligners that can damage your teeth and roots, and which may cause gum recession. In the worst-case teeth could loosen.
A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-coloured composite or porcelain material that is placed over the front surface of a tooth. It can change the overall shade and shape of a tooth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Online veneers are also created using DIY impressions in a process similar to clear aligners and the veneers can be clipped over teeth. Unfortunately, people often find they have paid a lot of money for poor results.
Lastly, online whitening products can be very dangerous, damaging tooth enamel and causing chronic tooth and gum sensitivity. If you do want to improve your smile, we encourage you to talk to us first. High-quality dental treatment requires professional expertise and thorough planning to ensure a good outcome.