I’ve never heard of anyone successfully correcting their own crooked teeth. Are there any orthodontists or dentists who can answer this?
What about Dental Floss Braces?
I tried Invisalign braces a few years ago but had an allergic reaction to the plastic. I tried to get regular braces and one orthodontist said I do not have enough bone in my jaw so I can’t get my teeth straightened.
I went to another a few years later who insisted I have my teeth cleaned first. I went to do that and had a dentist who I thought messed up the job on one tooth, so I never went back. Therefore, years later, my teeth are still crooked. I saw a picture of myself recently and I was pretty disgusted with my crooked teeth. So, I’m trying something new, “Dental Floss Braces”.
I don’t know what the dangers are of attempting to straighten your own teeth, but the pressure I feel when I rope my teeth together just right with the floss is similar to what I felt with the Invisalign process.
Inside the Mouth Braces
Perhaps Lingual Braces are best if you can afford them? The page I found says, “lingual braces are a good option for those who have sensitivity to plastic.” But the reality is they are terribly uncomfortable, especially if you don’t have a large mouth.
One person claims to have used dental floss braces successfully (but there are no before and after pictures).
Guess what: I straightened my own teeth by tying them together with dental floss. Instead of getting braces I straightened my own teeth (my hand to God). Does that mean I think other people could do the same? Are people who have crooked teeth somehow beneath me because they didn’t take the initiative to straighten their own teeth when I have done so myself?
Dental Floss Braces? Bad Idea
Do not try to straighten your teeth with dental floss braces. You can make your teeth completely fall out this way. I think you could also die of a blood clot if you really mess up.
“It’s important to move the teeth gradually … If you move the teeth too fast, it can result in severe loosening of the teeth or tooth loss.” – enotalone
Yes, you can likely move your teeth with floss braces. Even a few hours with too much tension and you may feel your upper an lower teeth no longer match up… but consider what you have to learn to be a licensed orthodontist: first, you need 4 years of college, then another 4 years to become a dentist, then about 2 to 3 more years to become an orthodontist. During that time, you learn how not to make people’s teeth fall out, how not to kill them with infections, how to deal with many different specific problems that can lead to complications, and so on.
There are less expensive ways to straighten teeth now, if you aren’t allergic to the materials used.
Here’s a site that offers what might be the cheapest orthodontist approved method at about $80 per month with a payment plan.
Smilelove is by far the cheapest way to straighten your teeth… At Smilelove we charge $79 for an Impression Kit (this is an at-home mold-making kit that helps us to make custom aligners that will best benefit you) and then $1,895 for your aligners starting at $79 per month. (Source)
That’s an average, the cost will still depend on your specific case. The company Smilelove will refund the cost for the initial impression kit if you are not a candidate for their system.
This company compares favorably to Invisalign brand teeth aligners, ($3,500 to $8,000), traditional braces ($2,500 to $10,000) and ceramic braces ($4,000 to $8,000).
With no in-person meetings required, Smilelove is one of the new brands to offer smile-correcting solutions that are delivered right to your door. Although the braces might not seem as affordable as many customers estimate, Smilelove can be up to 75% more affordable than its alternatives. (StarlightReviews)
Here’s another review:
- Smilelove has the thinnest and most transparent aligners on the market today, so they are even less noticeable than all the other aligners out there. (According to their website – smilelove.com.)
- Smilelove is considerably cheaper than any other mail-based program I’ve found. Start to finish we’re talking $1499 – that’s over $350 less than Smile Direct Club! (As of January 2018.)
Here’s another. I’m trying to figure out if all of these are paid reviews. So far I can’t find any bad ones.
The company claims their product is 75% cheaper than competitors (starting at $1,699) and offers various payment methods including a $78 monthly plan. Smilelove is also covered by most dental insurance plans and accepts Health Savings Account (HSA) & Flexible Spending account (FSA) cards. The company really shines when it comes to convenience. There are no in-person meetings required, consumers receive a molding kit, aligners, and retainers at home, and all communication with experts take place online or by phone. However, the company does have a Better Business Bureau or Trustpilot profile, and little information is available regarding their customer service.
They do have two great reviews on Trustpilot.com. Just to be complete, I checked the Better Business Bureau site, bbb.org and was surprised to find not such good results:
Reading the details of the negative reviews there, one said the aligners didn’t move their teeth, some people didn’t get a refund and one had gaps created in their teeth when trying to fix crowding. The company seems to have responded quickly to each complaint, however.
Try A Retainer
One of the cheapest ways to go is to ask an orthodontist to make you a retainer that you would wear nightly to slowly adjust your teeth. Some will do this for you for the cost of an office visit and the cost of the materials and that will slowly improve your smile for far less than braces if you can’t afford them or don’t want them for some other reason.
A Super Cheap On-Line Retainer
On Amazon there is something called
Some people say they worked, others had bad reviews, that they didn’t work, one said they caused mouth sores, one said you have to constantly bite down on them. But for under $15, it’s an interesting super cheap option. Read the reviews, consider the pros and cons, talk to people who have been through the experience, then decide and go for it. Good luck!