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Can I Move My Teeth With My Fingers?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
dentist handing patient a mouthguardAt least 9 out of 10 people have slightly misaligned teeth. Although there are medical procedures available to straighten teeth, some people wonder if they can use their fingers to move their teeth into position. Moving your teeth using your fingers involves pushing on the teeth to get them aligned or straightened over time.

Does Pushing Your Teeth Straighten Them?

Pushing your teeth with your fingers as a Do-It-Yourself tooth straightening hack might not involve spending money as you would on braces or clear aligners. However, this method is far from effective. Our fingers are too soft to exert significant amounts of pressure, and you are more likely to hurt your hand than to have any noticeable effect on the position of your teeth.

While you might not incur any costs with this method, it is important to realize that it is not one of the best methods to straighten your teeth and is certainly not an alternative to braces and clear aligners. Teeth naturally move over time, which is why some teeth appear crooked as they age, even if they were perfectly straight during youth.

When teeth are acted upon by an external force, they can move more significantly. This external force in professional orthodontic treatment, such as with clear aligners and braces, is carefully controlled. In contrast, the force exerted by your fingers is not only inadequate but also inconsistent. Braces and clear aligners are designed to apply a specific amount of force consistently over a prolonged period. The force from your fingers, however, will never be the same from one day to the next and is often too weak to make any real change.

Key Takeaways

Using your fingers to move your teeth is not a recommended or effective option for straightening your teeth. In fact, attempting to do so could lead to the opposite of the desired effect and may even damage your teeth or gums. This is one of the primary reasons dentists advise against using your fingers to move your teeth.

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