Are at-home teeth straightening kits safe and do they work?
Having teeth straightening is an investment in your smile, and we’d always recommend you seek a thorough examination from a dentist before you have any kind of braces. Seeing a dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough to undergo such treatment is really important in making sure the final result is better – not worse!
Sarah Ramage explained, “Clinicians undertake comprehensive training before they can carry out orthodontics, as it’s a complex process. If you’re considering orthodontic treatments which are not planned, fitted or monitored by a dentist, they may not be safe or effective.
“A dentist will always undertake a comprehensive examination, after which they can then explain all your treatment options face to face, and the pros and cons of these. If you’re considering a product which doesn’t offer you a personal dental examination, then you may wish to think again; you need to have the opportunity to ask questions, understand your treatment, and give your consent.
“Professional concerns have been expressed that some products, often known as ‘at-home’, ‘DIY’, or ‘direct-to-consumer,’ treatments, which are only suitable for very simple teeth straightening cases, are in fact being supplied to patients with more complex requirements, which could do more harm than good.”