Orthodontics are the latest fad to hit the US dental market, but some consumers have raised concerns about the risks.
The latest craze involves rubber bands used to fill the holes of dentures and braces, which are commonly used to secure teeth and braces.
It’s a trend that’s been around for a while, and while the FDA has banned most of the plastic bands that can be sold, the FDA does not ban the rubber bands that are popular with orthodists.
However, orthodist groups have been calling on the FDA to ban the band, saying it causes unnecessary tooth loss and can lead to infection.
In a statement on its website, Orthodists for the Prevention of Orthodism, a group of doctors, said, “The use of these rubber bands increases the risk of tooth loss, particularly when compared to the use of non-rubber devices.”
The group, which is run by a dentist who was once a dentist himself, said the rubber band “increases the risk for decay by more than 60 percent.”
The statement also said that rubber bands “can also reduce the healing time for patients with osteoarthritis, including those with joint and/or dental problems.”
In addition, the group said the band can “caused severe, prolonged pain” and can interfere with tooth extraction.
It also said the plastic band “may increase the likelihood of infection,” although the FDA did not directly address this in the statement.
Orthodist group said it’s time for FDA to stop banning rubber band, which has been used for years and has been linked to tooth loss In an emailed statement, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AOS) said the FDA should ban the bands because the “increased risks to teeth are the most serious risk.”
The AOS said that in the past 20 years, there have been more than 40 reports of “serious, prolonged, or chronic infections caused by the use or misuse of rubber bands.”
The association added that in 2011, the association issued a warning that rubber band use is “a serious risk” for dental health and can result in serious injury and permanent loss of teeth.
The AAS said it wants the FDA “to ensure that rubber devices that are used to treat tooth and jaw disease are safe, and to prohibit manufacturers and marketers from marketing them.”
AOS spokesperson said the association has not yet received any correspondence from the FDA, but that it “is open to receiving a response to our call.”
In a press release, OrthoDentists for Prescription Pain Relief, a non-profit group that has been promoting orthodismas use of rubber band for over a decade, said that it has had hundreds of cases of tooth erosion since the band was banned in 2007.
“We have seen the number of cases skyrocket and we are now seeing the use skyrocket as well,” said Chris Smith, the president of Ortho-Dentist Pain Relief.
Ortho Dentist Pain Research & Education, a nonprofit organization that has advocated for the ban of rubber Band, said it has seen an increase in patients who were prescribed the band after being prescribed a plastic device that was later removed.
“They were not prescribed the proper tool,” said Dr. Robert Pomerantz, the organization’s director of education.
“What we are seeing is that more patients are seeking out orthodical pain relief.”
Pomeranz said he believes the FDA could ban the plastic braces without affecting the rubberband market.
“I would say it’s premature to put a moratorium on the use,” he said.
“This is a fad that has not been studied and is not safe for consumers.”
A recent article in the British medical journal the Lancet said that tooth loss was more likely with a plastic brace than a rubber band.
“The results are not robust enough to draw any firm conclusions,” the authors said.
The study was based on 1,741 people who were either prescribed a rubber brace or a plastic one.
It found that patients who had been prescribed a metal brace were more likely to have tooth loss than those who had had a plastic implant.
The researchers also compared the results of a second study to those of the first.
The findings were similar, but more significant.
The metal brace patients had a 1 in 4 chance of having a tooth loss compared to 1 in 30 of the patients who received a plastic band.
A study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who were given braces were more than twice as likely to suffer from tooth erosion compared to those who received plastic braces.