Crazy Idea # 358: Straighten Your Own Teeth with Dental Floss Braces

Posted on 31 Jan 2009


I’ve never heard of anyone successfully correcting their own crooked teeth. Are there any orthodontists or dentists who can answer this?

I tried Invisalign braces a few years ago but had an allergic reaction to the plastic. I tried to get regular braces and one orthodontist said I do not have enough bone in my jaw so I can’t get my teeth straightened.

I went to another a few years later who insisted I have my teeth cleaned first. I went to do that and had a dentist who I thought messed up the job on one tooth, so I never went back. Therefore, years later, my teeth are still crooked. I saw a picture of myself recently and I was pretty disgusted with my crooked teeth. So, I’m trying something new, “Dental Floss Braces”.

I don’t know what the dangers are of attempting to straighten your own teeth, but the pressure I feel when I rope my teeth together just right with the floss is similar to what I felt with the Invisalign process.


Perhaps Lingual Braces are best if you can afford them? The page I found says, “lingual braces are a good option for those who have sensitivity to plastic.”

One person claims to have used dental floss braces successfully (but there are no before and after pictures).

Guess what: I straightened my own teeth by tying them together with dental floss. Instead of getting braces I straightened my own teeth (my hand to God). Does that mean I think other people could do the same? Are people who have crooked teeth somehow beneath me because they didn’t take the initiative to straighten their own teeth when I have done so myself?

UPDATE: I don’t recommend trying this. You can make your teeth completely fall out this way. I think you could also die of a blood clot if you really mess up.

“It’s important to move the teeth gradually … If you move the teeth too fast, it can result in severe loosening of the teeth or tooth loss.” – enotalone

Yes, you can move your teeth with floss braces. Even a few hours with too much tension and you may feel your upper an lower teeth no longer match up… but consider what you have to learn to be a licensed orthodontist: first, you need 4 years of college, then another 4 years to become a dentist, then about 2 to 3 more years to become an orthodontist.  During that time, you learn how not to make people’s teeth fall out, how not to kill them with infections, how to deal with many different specific problems that can lead to complications, and so on.

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