Need Affordable Braces ASAP
I need to get my daughter to an orthodontist as soon as possible. In part, I blame myself for this. She’d been asking for braces for a while, but I just don’t have a lot of money, so I kept putting her off. Apparently, she went onto YouTube and found these DIY braces videos closing the gap between your teeth with rubber bands. I’m terrified she’s doing permanent damage to her teeth. I can tell her to stop, but her teeth really bother her and I’m pretty sure she’ll just do it when I’m not looking. What do you recommend?
The first thing you need to do is explain to your daughter that she can lose her front teeth if she keeps doing this. Like they can fall right out of her mouth. Hopefully, that will give her some pause.
Here’s why her teeth are at risk. With traditional braces and Invisalign, the pressure to the teeth is done in stages in a controlled motion. It has to be done precisely and then there is a resting period where the bone has time to reform around the roots of her teeth.
With the DIY tooth bands, her teeth are being tipped into the new place. Not only does this risk damage to the pulp, it doesn’t allow her bone to form around the roots properly. At best, she’ll end up needing a root canal treatment. At worst, as I said above, her teeth could fall out.
The sooner she stops this the better.
Finding Affordable Braces
When looking for affordable braces, I’d start by checking out an orthodontist who advertises as having reasonable fees. Then, be certain to check their reviews. You don’t want to end up with someone who has affordable braces just because they do horrible work and need to draw in patients.
Sometimes, even those reasonable fees aren’t in your budget. In that case, most dentists who have reasonable fees also allow payment options. Either they have in-house payment plans or they will work through Care Credit, a medical credit card.
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