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The High Cost of Straightening Your Own Teeth

When a U.S. orthodontist treated a patient who used paperclips and string to perfect her smile, the results were startling. The bottom teeth were irreparably loose and there was string caught in her gums.

The risk of infection in this scenario are extreme, but there are more permanent consequences for this kind of DIY job. Your dentist might charge up to $20 000 to replace and take care of a lost tooth over its lifetime, so those budget-friendly smile hacks could cost you more than you bargained for.-

– YouTube has thousands of videos demonstrating DIY orthodontics.

– Only your orthodontist and dentist should diagnose and fix problems with your teeth.

– Many orthodontists offer free first consultations to ease the financial pressure for their patients.

 “People are resorting to the use of potentially dangerous objects such as rubber bands, string, paper clips and fake retainers to circumvent the orthodontists’ office”

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Dr. Sam Etemadi DDS Lund University – Sweden July 1998

Dr Sam Etemadi DDS graduated from Lund University in Sweden with a degree in dental surgery (DDS) in 1998. His career has encompassed both national health and private practice with a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Etemadi also has a special interest in endodontics (root canal treatment) and holds a certificate in endodontology gained from University of Chester.