California’s Dental Laws Have Become Stricter on DIY Orthodontics

Written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics. 

California has recently passed laws to better regulate the way DIY orthodontics companies conduct their business. New measures include requiring X-rays and bone imaging before orthodontic procedures, requiring orthodontic professionals to provide their information and dental license number if a patient asks, and forbidding professionals from making patients sign agreements not to make complaints about their services.  

These measures were added in the wake of controversy about DIY orthodontics services and how they have impacted unfortunate customers. There have been multiple instances of DIY clear aligner users damaging their teeth, gums, and jaw because of inadequate preparation and evaluation before braces were applied. In response, several dental organizations such as the American Dental Association have warned of the dangers of moving teeth without proper dental supervision.  

Moving teeth is a risky procedure, and knowledgeable dental professionals are the only people qualified to assess whether or not you are a good candidate for clear aligners. Clear aligners may not even be effective if your teeth require a different type of brace to be adequately straightened. For this reason, be sure to set up an appointment with your local orthodontist before taking any measures to move your teeth.  

Article submitted by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics. Dr. Mark Rashidi is an Orthodontist in Laguna Hills who is the head orthodontist at Remarkable Smiles, also servicing areas such as Mission Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, and Lake Forest. Contact him today if you’re interested in treatments such as traditional braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign clear aligners.