You may have seen advertisements for at home orthodontic retainers that you receive in the mail without ever seeing a trained dentist or orthodontist. While this practice may seem convenient, there are many risk factors involved with Do It Yourself Orthodontic treatment. Often, DIY orthodontics involve a series of retainers that you change over time to straighten your teeth. However, without oversight of a trained dentist, problems often arise and the patient does not realize there is a problem until it is too late. While DIY orthodontic treatment may seem like a cheap, quick fix, at home orthodontics can cause problems that will double or triple the cost of orthodontic treatment according to the American Academy of Orthodontics.