21 October 2020

2 mins read

Are DIY Braces Safe? Zenyum Sets The Record Straight

DIY braces could be the horror story in your mouth waiting to happen. We set the record straight on how safe they are.

Scrolling through Facebook and Instagram these days, you find pretty much the entire orthodontic world on offer as DIY products.

From whitening to teeth straightening, complex dental procedures have been condensed to quick Ikea-esque home projects. 

With digital dentistry on the rise, technological advancement like intraoral cameras and optical scanners, have done nothing but aid the process of innovation in the oral healthcare industry. 

These innovations are revolutionising dentistry into one of the most sophisticated and sought-after areas of medicine.

The most recent technology to be commercialised is Invisalign, Zia Christi’s and Kelsey Wirth’s 1997 innovation that uses 3D visualisation and CAD (computer-aided design) software, to create custom-made clear aligners for teeth realignment.

Automation and CAD make processes more efficient and less manual.

But what happens when we remove the orthodontists from the picture?

DIY orthodontics happens.


These are nothing but quick fixes for common dental issues, carried out with no medical supervision.


Be it hacks that use rubber bands to straighten teeth or at home aligner moulds, these processes can often lead to irreversible damage.


That’s why due procedure and duty of care are absolutely critical!

The risks of DIY teeth straightening go beyond the obvious

DIY hacks like these might not be effective and extremely painful.


But did you know DIY braces can change a patient’s facial structure by transforming their bite, or causing gum infections due to bone remodelling?


Untreated gum disease might mean that orthodontic treatment could cause shortened roots and increase the risk of losing teeth.


That’s why pre-assessments like X-rays and physical assessments are absolutely essential to avoid these complications.


In addition to an initial consultation, having regular check-ins with a dentist or an orthodontist on the progress of a patient’s realignment journey is necessary due to its dynamic nature.


Most DIY treatments on the market don’t provide an accountable and efficient process to do so.

Zenyum is not DIY orthodontics, it is innovative healthcare

We are transforming the inequitable nature of the dental landscape by providing an affordable, effective and cutting-edge alternative to expensive and cumbersome treatments, while fully honoring regulations and the high quality standards.

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Are DIY Braces Safe? Zenyum Sets The Record Straight