Dental insurance remains confusing. Visits to the dentist seem to be expensive, no matter what. Technology improves every day, so, DIY dentistry should be okay, right? You want a practical, financially sound solution. Exploring options appears wise, but don’t be led astray by false information, clickbait articles, or delusions of a free and easy dental plan.
This article will escort you through some everyday online items, over-the-counter solutions, and do-it-yourself dentistry examples. Mostly, this article will tell you what not to do and what to be wary of.
Shortcuts Are Risky
This is not general advice. Every dental association or board of dentists you search online asserts the claim to avoid DIY dentistry. Practice at your own risk and keep reading to understand what to avoid.
Adult Teeth and Gums Do Not Grow Back
Dentistry is not as forgiving as you might think. Bones heal, and the body is made to recover. This does not hold for teeth and gums. Once the damage is done, an infection becomes a concern that can affect your entire body. Dentists take this seriously by using face masks, gloves, and sanitized equipment. Hint: all that gear is meant to protect more than your teeth.
At-home teeth whitening can be more dangerous than you might think. You’ve likely heard of charcoal and plastic molds. The wrong charcoal or plastic can have serious consequences. The wrong chemicals can permanently damage your teeth’s structure. Over-the-counter whitening may look safe (and the ads promise the same) but can still prove problematic.nDiscussing these issues with a dentist isn’t expensive, and always advisable.
The short answer is that “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t fit all. X-rays and moldings require time, expertise, lab, and higher costs. Companies that sell veneers have to keep their costs down. Which implies a cookie-cutter approach. Don’t be fooled; these aren’t “close enough.” Online retail veneers don’t hold up long term, either. An imperfect fit puts pressure in the wrong places can alter your bite and alignment.
Improper alignment and bite can harm your jaw joints and the complications add up from there and can lead to occlusal disease.
At-Home Braces and Aligners
Make-shift braces and DIY at-home aligners sound great (and the ads say so) but prove to be sketchy at best. Here’s why: They move teeth fast, too fast. Moving teeth and changing your alignment within six months, damages bone and gums. It doesn’t allow teeth to settle in place, which means teeth revert.
The official word and warning by national boards and associations of various countries caution against using rubber bands, dental floss, or other objects acquired from the internet. Rubber bands have been known to make their way under the gums. This can cause inflammation, a series of complications, and lead to bone loss as well as tooth loss.
Keep in mind that orthodontists undergo two to three years of specialized training in addition to dental school. There’s no guarantee (and it’s unlikely) that the same company selling DIY products for orthodontic procedures maintains the same training or level of expertise.
Do-It-Yourself Cavity Filling
All dental plans in North America cover cavity filling. If you’re not invested, know that complications and declining oral health means increased costs down the road. The pain from a cavity can mean more than just a cavity. The amount of decay might require an inlay, onlay, crown, or root canal. Pain alone doesn’t tell you the extent of how your teeth are affected. Important to mention is that a DIY cavity filling entails a DIY dental examination, too. Something that only an expert is qualified to carry out.
Tooth extraction is a form of oral surgery and should be carried out by a professional. By professional, we do not mean internet professionals; we mean dentists. Chemical numbing agents, prescription drugs, stitches, and special instruments are all part of tooth extraction. The risk of at-home tooth extraction is huge, especially in damaging the periodontium, which is the soft tissue, ligaments, and bone that support your teeth.
Prevention Is the Best DIY
Preventive is cheap, more comfortable, and the best solution in taking care of your smile. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Floss and rinse with mouthwash. To stay in charge, seek dentists for their expert advice and guidance. They understand that one size does not fit all, and unique challenges often arise. An experienced Montreal dentist will always keep your teeth, finances, and comfort in mind.