BOS Statement: Do-it-yourself braces

A number of websites are offering the public the opportunity to carry out their own orthodontic treatment at home. Most involve an individual being “assessed” as to their suitability for treatment using “selfie” photographs which they take themselves with their mobile phone. If deemed suitable, and upon the payment of a fee, the appliance is sent to them direct. Most take the form of a series of aligner-type appliances.

 

The BOS is extremely concerned about this trend for the following reasons

  • A full clinical examination by a trained clinician is necessary to decide if orthodontic  treatment is in the best interests of an individual

  • There are a number of different types of orthodontic appliance with different advantages and risks. Those considering braces need to be aware of the choices available to them and also to understand the risks of treatment

  • Unsupervised treatment will at best result in a compromised result and at worst may cause damage resulting in expensive dental problems or even early tooth loss

The British Orthodontic Society strongly advise the public not to undertake such treatments.