Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DIY Tooth Repair-Would You Dare?

There are all kinds of stories out there about people fixing their own broken or decayed teeth, dentures and whatall; some even using dental floss and fishing line to craft DIY braces...but is this taking it a little too far? Probably, but it is a world of extremes we live in and lets face it, dentistry is high priced and unless you have excellent credit or say, 10 to15K in an account earmarked specifically for dentistry, it's not really affordable. I would venture to say that unaffordability and fear of the dentist are the two major reasons why people would try to repair their own teeth or dentures. There is a shift occurring in the way people think and do things nowadays and goodness knows there are endless supplies of DIY solutions out there, so why not for dentistry, right? How hard can it be, after all? Now, don't get any ideas just yet. Google some of those stories! Trust me, they didn't all end well. Having said that, there are some success stories too...so just try to use common sense (please) if you plan to attempt a home repair on your teeth, and maybe keep these simple, humorous yet "common sense" suggestions in mind.

Well, I know the first one is futile, but I still feel the need to say it:
   
     DO NOT TRY IT AT HOME!!!!!!   followed by:

     Super Glue can be TOXIC.
     Gum doesn't hold. Really, it dissolves.
     Dental Floss was not intended for use in home orthodontia.  
     Neither was fishing line.
     Rubber bands, either.
     Seriously, shield your eyes if you're going to actually use that Dremel tool.
     Put the pliers away and forget you ever thought about it.

Now, on the flip side, there are products out there that you can use to TEMPORARILY (and I cannot stress that word enough) repair a broken tooth, or, cover a lost filling and yes, believe it or not, make a temporary tooth if you happen to have one missing and there is a wedding to go to on Saturday.  Notice I'm not naming any products here.  If you dare to make your own dental repairs you'll just have to Google the rest of the info yourself. :)

Keep Smiling!

   
   

   

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