So you see an ad for mail order clear aligners that mimic the procedures used by Invisalign. Or you want to protect your teeth from bruxism and you decide to buy a nightguard from the drug store instead of ordering one from the Sacramento Dentistry Group. Perhaps you order veneers through a website, to complete some DIY (“do-it-yourself”) cosmetic dentistry. While everyone likes the cheaper costs of DTC products (Direct to Consumer), what happens when something goes wrong?
Let the FDA Know
The Food and Drug Administration wants to know about DIY dental disasters. The number of DIY dental products is proliferating. Ready availability on the Internet is driving a number of DIY industries to grow and expand their advertising efforts. You may see one of these products, find the cost comparisons compelling, and decide to try it without informing your dentist. But what happens when something goes wrong?
When DIY doesn’t work, the best-case scenario is that you simply wasted your money and the product did absolutely nothing. The worst-case involves lost or damaged teeth that now require professional repair. If this happens to you due to DTC dental products, please contact the FDA and let them know.
The American Dental Association does not recommend that patients treat themselves with DTC products. Dental devices should only be used when a qualified dentist has thoroughly examined your mouth to determine the type of device that is best suited to help with your specific problem. And with any procedure that alters the teeth, such as veneers or clear aligners, failing to get regular check-ups from a trained dentist can lead to unexpected complications.
For help reporting a DIY disaster, feel free to contact the Sacramento Dentistry Group.