The Risks of Using Online Dentistry

Many of us love the convenience of online shopping, and it certainly has its place. However, we are very concerned about the increase in DIY dental treatments. These treatments may appear to save you time and money but carry potential health and financial risks that you may not have considered.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are available online, allowing you to take a DIY dental impression before sending it back to the company. The aligners are fabricated using your home-made dental impression. These carry a multitude of risks including poorly fitting aligners that can damage your teeth and roots, potentially causing gum recession and you could end up with loose teeth. DIY teeth straightening will not give you good results.


Veneers are thin shells of composite or porcelain fitted over the front surfaces of teeth to improve their overall shape and colour. Now, you can have DIY veneers, where you take a dental impression at home that is used to create removable veneers. As you can imagine, the results are frequently so poor they are almost comical, and ill-fitting dental appliances can cause a myriad of oral health issues.

Charcoal Teeth Whitening

Lastly, you cannot whiten your teeth with charcoal, no matter what you read online. Worse still, charcoal is highly abrasive and can cause irreversible damage to tooth enamel.

Dec, 10, 2019