In the last years, social media has become an outstanding way to obtain and give out information to the world, as well as direct and interactive form of communication. What has come to be very alarming is to see the ongoing dental publications of iatrogenic cases where we see patients wearing the famously called “brackets de lujo” translated as “luxury braces”. They cause irreversible damages to oral health and for this reason, it is important to make awareness of its consequences and risks and why orthodontic treatment should not be treated so freely without the knowledge or capability.
The term “luxury braces” informally emerged in Latin American culture as a form of getting braces just because people wanted to give the appearance of belonging to high society or just to be fashionable. What is more alarming is that they are being placed by unsuitable people called “pega brackets” translated as “bracket placer”.This arises because a few decades ago it was considered that only ones who had certain status could afford to pay an orthodontic treatment.
As we know, today the situation has changed and we see how more people can access treatment through payment plans, dental insurance coverage, etc., but it’s important to remember that this kind of treatment is not just changing ligature colors monthly. It’s more than that!
3 Important Facts:
1. Braces are not synonym of wealth or fashion. Having braces means you are wanting a more esthetic smile, means you are fixing your bite which will consequently better your flossing and hygiene, as well as getting a better teeth and lips position and even improving your breathing and speech in many cases.
2. They should be placed by a certified orthodontist, who studied 2 or 3 years and has the knowledge to diagnose the right treatment for you. Forces and uncontrolled movements can lead to dental root resorption and even tooth loss.
3. They should be placed under the highest hygiene standards and sterility to ensure you do not develop some kind of contagious desease.
So I leave you with the following thought:
" If you need heart surgery, would you go to the eye doctor or to the grocery worker down the street to save some money? "
Your teeth and oral health are as important as any other organ or body part. It's time to give them the care and attention they deserve.
Dra. Gina De Los Santos