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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 157-159

The Role and Implications of “Do It Yourself” Tooth Movement

School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut, USA

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Sydney A Schneider
School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington - CT 06030, Connecticut
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.195977

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“Do It Yourself” (DIY) tooth movement has gained widespread attention recently in the United States. Options ranging from kits that consumers can purchase online to straighten their teeth without stepping a foot out of their homes to online instructional videos are readily available. These options offer the consumer convenience as well as a way to save a significant amount of money while promising to provide the desired end product of a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, most of the general population is unaware of the implications of such methods of orthodontic tooth movement. It is the responsibility of dental professionals to put their educational background to use and uphold the ethical principles of clinical practice by educating the public regarding the consequences of using these methods to straighten their teeth. DIY orthodontics is undoubtedly a threat and an opportunity for the orthodontic community, and its potential to impact the field should not be underestimated.

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