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

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.

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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.

134 comments on “Crazy Idea # 358: Straighten Your Own Teeth with Dental Floss Braces

  1. Teeth Straightening
    April 22, 2012

    I tried Invisalign and got pretty good results, but I still have one tooth that is a little bit off. I think I’m going to try this out, but I only have the Glide floss, which someone else commented can leach chemicals.

  2. Sandy
    May 7, 2012

    I straightened my teeth with tiny rubber bands like orthodontists sometimes use. I had a huge space on one side,& fixed that besides straightened the rest. I told my dentist & he said my teeth & gums were in perfect condition & an orthodontist could not have done better. So it is possible to fix your own teeth without complications.

    • cindy
      June 6, 2012

      How long did it take? Do you have any reccomendations on how to do it exactly? Do you have any before and after pics by any chance?

      Thank You

    • Threasa
      June 19, 2012

      What size rubber bands did you use? How long a day did you wear them?

    • some girl
      August 8, 2012

      I have crooked teeth & am attempting to try it. How long did it take you to straighten them with the rubber band & how long per day should you leave them on?

  3. Brandy
    May 11, 2012

    I had some molars removed, and everything is shifting around now, some teeth are starting to really fall. I’ll try this…

    • Jamie
      November 28, 2012

      My cat is named Brandy xD

      • Nat
        June 8, 2013

        nobody cares XD

  4. A. Neal
    May 28, 2012

    I have crooked teeth, and I’m sick of it! I’m tempted to try the dental floss thing myself.. Maybe if Dentists and orthodontists made getting dental work affordable for poor ppl like me, home remedies wouldn’t be necessary!

    • Xeno
      May 28, 2012

      I lived with crooked teeth for most my life and only finally got braces as an adult. Have an orthodontist do it when the time is right, if you really want to, but if you try to straighten your teeth yourself, they may fall out and teeth don’t grow back. Crooked teeth are better than no teeth.

  5. Nicole
    June 4, 2012

    This sounds like the dental equivalent of do-it-yourself liposuction, aka entirely unsafe and crazy. Save your money elsewhere. It is not worth the risk of the almost guaranteed medical bills you will have incurred to later treat your infections. Besides, even if you could permanently move them, how do you know it would be the right place? You could probably hurt an over/underbite even more.

  6. Other crooked-teeth guy
    August 5, 2012

    I think I’ll try this. But I wish I had a schematic. Two of my front teeth sometimes cut into my lip and I really want to straighten them, but I can’t afford a dentist, much less an orthodontist.
    P.S. I’ll bet dimes to dollars that everyone who lands here is American. When I lived in Japan, I should totally have taken advantage of the health care there.

  7. azmode
    August 13, 2012

    i had near perfect teeth 3 years ago,but i got on the methidone program to get my life straight after making the mistake of experimenting with drugs(long story),im happy i got out of that lifestyle and have been clean for years now, but no one told me id have dental problems from that medication, and now my teeth have spaced out and i have lots of bone loss/gapped teeth that look totally different and horrible compared to before the program!!! so i want to try this dental floss thing,but cuz of the bone loss, im scared i might lose my teeth trying….someone said to just save money elsewhere to be able to afford dental work, but what do you do when you dont have any money to save in the first place?!?!….and yes, im an american,…our healthcare should be the best in the world!!!,but its not even close!!! ive become so severely depressed because of my teeth,that i cant go in public without being conscious of my mouth,let alone work ,to have money or a dental plan…i had jobs almost my whole life till these last couple years,….why cant my government help me get my smile back so i can face the world again?????!!!!! why do i have to resort to a diy with dental floss and rubber bands like if im in a 3rd world country !!!???? almost half the ppl i know and grew up with now have dental problems and had to get teeth pulled instead of filled or capped because medicaid wont pay for nothing but to pull all your teeth out instead of preserving your smile…..these are ppl who still have young faces,but now with messed up smiles, because we can have our taxxes pay for our government to fly around first class and in private jets, but not pay for lower/middle class america to have a decent smile! this is how our country cares for us!!!!!!! were not the great country we like to say we are if we cant even smile saying it!!!!! -azmode

    • Nick
      October 19, 2012

      I read somewhere that there are smile again programs to help low income people with braces. Its worth to googleing it . Gl

    • Tina
      January 25, 2013

      So, wait….you want me, an American taxpayer, to pay MORE taxes so that the government can pay for YOUR to be fixed…and you f%$%#d them up yourself using drugs? I work my ass off and have never used drugs, why on God’s green earth should I pay for YOUR teeth? THIS is what’s wrong with America today and exactly what the founding fathers were afraid would happen. Here’s an idea…are you working three jobs like I am? Babysit, mow lawns, repair things for people…in short, get off your ass and do whatever you can to save the money to get your OWN teeth fixed. You are not a victim…you can take care of yourself.

      • Adam Mingledorff
        February 28, 2013

        Damn str8 sis’, State and Federal assistance needs some serious reform.

      • Bjorne
        July 2, 2013

        “dental problems from that medication”

        From the medication that our lovely government forced him to have for treatment – and then they don’t want to pay for the consequences.

        Leave the drugs out of it, it was from the medication.

      • jnj
        August 28, 2013

        wait until you have a problem the Govt won’t pay for. You will see. Drug habits omitted! Just sayin’!

  8. Tyler
    August 17, 2012

    Hi, well i tryed rhis ut now witj floss, i use goody hair band you can get them for 5 dollars at walmart, the work good & my teeth had loosend a tiny bit but bot to the poont where it was become savere so you can try thos but IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK have a blessed day :)

  9. taylor hartwick
    October 10, 2012

    if i were to try this…… what do i have to get like my supplies? how long does it take?

    • Xeno
      October 10, 2012

      supplies: dental floss, false teeth in case you make yours fall out by trying to move them too fast.

      time: about 2 Years.

      Better to develop tongue and lip habits that move your teeth to where they should be. That also takes years but isn’t very risky .

      • kategladstone
        November 29, 2012

        How do I develop those “tongue and lip habits” to reposition the teeth to where they should be? What do I have to do?

  10. Melvina
    December 14, 2012

    Where is Sandy, did she come back with more info…I would like to know precisely what Sandy did and is it still working for her. I heard when you straighten your teeth, they soon want to go back to being crooked so what did Sandy use to anchor them…..

  11. nanci
    January 6, 2013

    to keep teeth from not going back crooked use a retainer, you can buy one online

    • wrong
      June 20, 2013

      lol, you cant buy a retainer online… your mouth has to be fitted for them… by a dentist.

      • Jen
        April 3, 2014

        Yes you can. Go to Amazon and look.

  12. jordan
    January 10, 2013

    Well I have one messed up tooth it it one to the left (when looking at me) from my 2 front teeth it is really annoying and I am refusing to get braces for a year just to have one tooth straightened its not that out of line but is slightly and It is slightly annoying to have but I will live.

  13. john
    March 4, 2013

    people are so [screw]ing stupid dude, do you know how much more braces pull on your teeth compared to a rubber band or a piece of floss?

    • Xeno
      March 5, 2013

      I asked an orthodontist how much force the wire puts on teeth to move them. It isn’t a lot, but it is constant and consistent, and you need that over a long time to move your teeth without having them fall out.

  14. Linnea
    March 8, 2013

    I think there is always a possibility to do things like this by yourself. Im pretty sure your teeth will give you some good painful hints before they decide to fall out;)
    I do agree that dentists know a looot more then me about the danger of messing with teeth but still, people has got their teeth messed up huge by dentists and paid lots of money for it..
    I straightened my teeth, bleached and polished/ filed them down myself. No one believes me though they think I paid lots of money for it..

  15. m.c.
    March 17, 2013

    It’s great that people have Independent ideas, and logically come up with solutions that can help resolve the problem; I also believe that people should have the Basic Right to Dental Treatment, as they should have the Basic Right to Healthcare of their own Choice. And.. I believe that Tax-payers money should be put towards THESE IMPORTANT MATTERS, TO CARE FOR THE PEOPLE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO GOVERN, RATHER THAN GREEDY GOVERNMENT LAVISHLY SQUANDERING IT ON THEIR OWN PERSONAL MEANS.

  16. Rachel
    April 26, 2013

    I’m buying a Hawley retainer online. I have a pretty intense overbite that I’ve endure throughout high school. I began treatment at several orthodonists as a preteen/teenager, but my parents could never afford to keep up with the appointments. Now I’m in my 20’s and had recently begun treatment funded by my factory job that pays very little, but yet again, finances prevented me from being able to proceed. In my teens my ortho started me out with a retainer and I certainly noticed a difference in my teeth as they tightened it (They wanted my teeth to shift slightly before braces were put in). I watched as they tightened it slightly about once a month. When my father could’t afford to take me in any more I ended up tightening it on my own at the same pace the ortho was doing it. I did notice a difference in tooth placement over time. After a year my retainer broke and my father couldn’t take me in to replace it. Unfortunately my teeth are right back where they were as a kid. Low and behold! I found this website run by a dental lab, where I can do my own molds, ship them to the lab, and have a custom retainer made for only $150, as opposed to the ortho’s $200-per-appointment fees (Fuck that shit). I ordered it today, but after seeing your comments I am going to be extremely cautious with the adjustments, so I don’t lose my teeth in the process. Despite what everyone online says, yes, a retainer CAN move your teeth. I’m thinking about tracking my process via blog, but I’d be happy to check back into this forum and tell you how it goes in a year or two! If you have money and a debit/credit card look into Neobrite. I’ve considered EVERY at home option, but this seems like the more reliable and safe option.

  17. Lulu
    September 11, 2013

    I used my phone cable. tied it from my upper teeth to the back of my neck. every morning and evening for as long as i can. i saw a difference in two days. #crazy things u do when ur desperate#

    • Socorro
      January 21, 2015

      lol

  18. Tabetha
    October 30, 2013

    I really doubt your teeth will FALL OUT if you attempt to straighten them yourself. Sheesh! I had an orthodontist put braces on me & then I moved. Well, I just bought the stuff on ebay to change my own wires & elastics for a while. Then I got the special removal tools & took them off. They look great! I didn’t use a retainer & a couple lower teeth are a tad crooked but you can barely tell. It’s been about 10 years since I took them off. I write them for under 2 years. No regrets. The only thing I didn’t do was glue on the brackets. Seems pretty easy if you bought the self-etching one-step adhesive (self curing…not light cure)…and do lots of research. I’d do it! You could either spend about $100-$150 buying all the right stuff off Ebay to do it yourself or you could spend up to $5,000 & have aton of appointments to go to. I’ve never heard of anyone’s teeth falling out from doing their own braces.

  19. Tabetha
    October 30, 2013

    I have a friend who wants braces & I’m buying the stuff off Ebay. After her teeth are straight, we just plan to go to Amazon.com or Ebay & pay for a retainer to be made for her. A couple hundred bucks & she’ll be all fixed up! I’ve had braces & I’ve changed my own wires & bands & I’ve done tons of research online so I’m pretty confident I know how it all works. My top front teeth were reused out away from each other with a gap between. One of them was sitting kinda sideways and in front of the tooth beside it. The bottom teeth were crooked & I had a crossbite. Doesn’t seem that difficult to straighten them if you’re careful. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so that helps. If you have any questions, you can email me. Don’t email me any negative things tho. I’m not saying this is for everyone & I don’t need a lecture… tabethajean AT yahoo.com

    • Lilly
      December 16, 2013

      I have my two front teeth crooked and would like to straighten them out. Can you please tell me what I need to buy and step by step to make them straight. Thank you!

  20. Daniel
    February 16, 2014

    It sound a bit dangerous , Mot sure I would take that kind of a risk with my teeth. Perhaps I am wrong, where can i found some more detailed info about this procedure ?

  21. David
    November 5, 2014

    I have the over bite now theirs something with a paper clip glue beads and string never attempted it but will try the this.

  22. pradnya
    December 17, 2014

    i want a solution for my front teeth 3 tooth are front and i can’t afford the braces any home made idea for my front 3 teeth

  23. Nesa
    January 6, 2015

    Before anyone tries some of these “methods” be sure you have a good MRI of your head so you know exactly where your facial bones are setting along with a panarex x-ray of your teeth. Also heat up some wax so one can make a good “bite” mold to see how the teeth relate to one another. What I am failing to read here is anyone even realizing that if by moving a tooth in the wrong position there is any thought to what the outcome will be to the rest of your face/head which will directly affect your spine, hearing and ability to chew properly at the least. What happens if by doing this one thing causes the TM joint to be put in the incorrect placement? I’ll tell you what happens, years of agony and then thousands of dollars for surgeries, orthodontia and physical therapy. Trust me when I tell you before you want to move your own teeth, leave it to the experts. One may not care for “crooked” teeth, but if that is the only reason to get them put straight and there are no finances available then smile and go on with life. There are worst things that can happen. I know!

  24. deborahsalinas
    April 6, 2015

    It’s better to seek advice from experts than depending home made remedies. I am a victim of an unhealthy homemade remedy. I had crooked teeth and I tried to straighten my own teeth by using dental floss and got infected! This is a really complicated and risky method. Later I seek the help of Pearl Dental, a cosmetic dental service in Burlington. They used porcelain veneers to cover my crooked teeth. Now my teeth is smooth, even and properly aligned. I am super happy with their service.

  25. deborahsalinas
    April 20, 2015

    It’s better to seek advice from experts than depending home made remedies. I am a victim of an unhealthy homemade remedy. I had crooked teeth and I tried to straighten my own teeth by using dental floss and got infected! This is a really complicated and risky method. Later I seek the help of Pearl Dental, a cosmetic dental service in Burlington. They used porcelain veneers to cover my crooked teeth. Now my teeth is smooth, even and properly aligned. I am super happy with their service.

  26. Laura
    April 29, 2015

    I can’t believe there are other people who are sharing the same problem as me and I’m so glad I stumbled on this forum. My top teeth are perfectly straight but my lower set aren’t. I’ve always had slightly crooked teeth but since my wisdom teeth came through they impacted my bottom set making them look over crowded. I am so self conscious of them now and want a perfect smile. I’m in my 30,s now and obviously all teeth start to shift as we get older but I want to fix mine so I am embarking on my own journey of straightening them myself. I work full time but still can’t afford 600 pound braces as I have two children and bills to pay so for anyone who says I should pay for braces then feel free to foot my bill or be quiet. I have just purchased orabands from a reputable seller on eBay and they are the orange packet that has the most tension to start with. I know they are specifically made for closing gaps but I am going to try and use them to even out my bottom set which I think is 100% do able. I will post pics to show my progress to help others, and if anyone’s got any tips then please let me know.

  27. Laura
    April 29, 2015

    Another thing, how do I upload a before picture on here? Any tips please

    • Xeno
      May 10, 2015

      Email me your image at xeno735@yahoo.com and I’ll upload it. Or you can upload it to a site that allows linking and then post a link to it.

  28. jenny
    June 4, 2015

    I have these braces on my teeth for 2 & half year’s . I feel tat it didn’t work bcoz I have more gaps than bfore . can you just help me out by suggesting idea or any exercises to straighten my teeth at home plssssssss……….

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