Going to the dentist is nobody’s idea of fun day out.
Whether it’s through a fear of the event or just how much it will cost you, it can seem tempting to seek alternative options. But your teeth are not something worth compromising — which is exactly what you’re doing if you jump on the latest Youtube trend, DIY Dentistry.
Yep, people are attempting to make their own false teeth, fix chipped teeth with a paperclip, LED light and hairdryer, and even close gaps with elastic bands, before uploading the results online.
Wow. Here we were thinking it was extreme that Angie Barlow spent 10 years supergluing her teeth back in whenever they fell out, simply to avoid seeing a dentist. (Post continues after gallery.)
Some things in life are fine to DIY. Fix up a shelf, try your hand at gardening, even try fixing the leaky sink if you’re so inclined. But at-home dentistry when you’ve got no qualifications or experience? Best left to the professionals.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a worrying practise dentists do not recommend.
“For people who have had bad experiences with poor dentistry, they feel like they could do a better job. However, if you find and go to a good dentist then their skills will be unrivalled and certainly not something you can create at home,” says Belle Dental‘s Dr Alex Huzsti.
“At home, people don’t have the expertise and at best you’ll only get short-lived results. There are a lot of factors involved in dentistry.”