DIY Gone Wrong?


Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) orthodontic clear aligner options are rapidly growing in BC. Many patients don’t fully understand what they are signing up for and may be dissatisfied with their results.

Nothing compares to the expertise of a dental professional when it comes to helping you achieve the great smile you deserve.

Dr. Brawn has over 30 years of experience in dentistry. Proper treatment planning and diagnosis can only happen with his direct care and oversight in his downtown Vancouver practice.

We want to help – if you started, or even completed, a DIY clear aligner program and you aren’t happy with your outcome, we are are pleased to offer you a discounted treatment fee to help you achieve your perfect smile.

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Attachments are orthodontic devices temporarily bonded to the teeth which crucial in order to make certain movements to achieve the best results. Without a dentist, attachments are not possible when using DIY aligners.

IPR (interproximal reduction) or slenderizing of some teeth is also required for ideal results in most cases. Once again, only a dentist can do this for you.

Everyone starts with the best of intentions that everything will go according to plan. When things go off course, which they often do, a dentist can help you get things back on track. With DIY aligner systems, the best that can be achieved is a call to a 1-800 number. The risk is entirely in the patient’s hands. Orthodontic treatment, just like other dental and medial treatments, should only be done under direct supervision of a professional.

Read more about the potential risks of DIY aligners on NBC News.

“Moving teeth without in-person supervision can lead to permanent harm.”

Dr. Chung How Kau,
Chairman and Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Colleague of Dr. Peter Brawn and OrthoPulse researcher