GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- We see the ads pop up all over social media for DIY orthodontics kits that promise to straighten your teeth and give you the perfect smile all while doing it at home.
While this sounds simple, it could potentially put you in the position to lose teeth or make worse an existing problem you aren’t aware of.
Local dentist Dr. Jared Van Ittersum of Infinity Dental Partners tells us there are actually two class-action lawsuits against some of these big-name companies claiming they’re causing some patients permanent damage.
“When you come in and you have an orthodontist or general dentist do orthodontics, move teeth for you with clear liner therapy, the first thing we do is take x-rays, a gum screening exam, we do an exam of your teeth," says Dr. Van Ittersum, "and what we’re looking for is impacted teeth and tooth decay. What we’re finding when you do the DIY orthodontics is that’s not being done. You’re generally just saying, yep, I’ve got a clean bill of health, yep, I went to the dentist. The problem is people aren’t doing that stage first, so they don’t even know what the foundation is."
However, if you have just minor teeth movements and you still want to try a DIY kit, Dr. Van Ittersum is still willing to help with a free exam, x-ray and screening, so you know that it's safe to try it.
For more information on the class-actions lawsuits and free screenings at Dr. Van Ittersum's three locations CLICK HERE.