The Safety Of Replacing Rubber Stirrups Without Medical Assistance?

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I have been wearing braces for almost 4 years. In the past year, I did not control once a month, but only one month later. I have no problem with my teeth but still want to use braces. My dentist also allowed me to be in control for more than one month. But I want to replace the rubber stirrup myself, is it safe? But I will keep control maybe 2mth once.

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Hi Rizka, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Braces are used for the purpose of straightening out messy teeth. Even so, the colorful rubber stirrups often make them a stylish tool for some. Changing the rubber stirrup is actually okay for you to do yourself as long as your dentist allows it, you know how, and have the right tools to replace it. However, there are some risks you should be aware of:

the risk of swallowing rubber stirrup if you remove it inappropriately
the risk of your gums or oral mucosa being injured or punctured by a tool to remove the rubber stirrup
risk bracket regardless of your teeth
risk of loose bracket swallowed by you

In addition, you also need to know that using braces for too long also has negative side effects for the health of your own teeth and mouth. Braces make your teeth more difficult to clean. Leftover food and plaque that you can't remove with a regular toothbrush can build up and cause damage to the outer layer of your teeth.


Therefore, if you really want to use stirrups continuously without any medical reasons, you should first consult with your dentist. Even though your dentist allows control more than once a month, preferably if there is a problem with the stirrup (for example a loose bracket or a piercing wire), immediately consult your dentist.

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