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Ask anyone who has ever had them and they will tell you one thing is for sure: braces are very expensive.

However, it cannot be stressed enough that taking matters into your own hands with regards your teeth is just not an option. That has apparently not stopped some teens from attempting to try their hand at some DIY orthodontic work.

One YouTube blogger has posted a video which she calls “Cheap easy braces!! Without going to the dentist!!!!”

If anything this video has proved social media has got some seriously scary power these days.

The video has almost half a million views to date. In it, the blogger uses tiny elastic bands to basically tie her teeth together in order to close the gaps between them.

She tells her fans: “It’s gonna hurt, especially for the first few days.” She says that they shouldn’t give in to the pain thought because “it’s totally worth it in the end.”

This is not the only video online which is promoting the DIY trend, unfortunately.

Last September the American Association of Orthodontists put out a consumer alerts which advised individuals that using “gap bands” was a terrible idea.

One of the horrible side effects of this worrying trend? Your teeth can fall out! You only get one set of teeth people, this is not something to be tried at home.

Also worth noting: dentists and orthodontists go through years and years of training before anyone lets them correct any dental issues you may have, so maybe tiny plastic bands are not the next best thing.

It just doesn’t seem worth the risk ladies.

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Those of us who had to suffer through braces during our teens have this kind of silent understanding with one another. We understand what it was like.

Here are some things you will remember from your time having braces: 

1. Thinking “Why ME?!” when you found out it was time to get your braces
Sometimes the world just seems so unfair. Some people are born with perfect teeth, and others need to get braces on for two and a half years.

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2. The sheer pain you endured for days afterwards
The immense pain in your gums was almost unbearable. No amount of painkillers could totally numb it.

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3. Drinking all of your meals for the next week
The blender and straw were your best friends. Remember surviving on a diet of yoghurt and soup?

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4. Refusing to smile for ages
And when you did smile, you gave that weird, creepy grin where you tried to hide your braces so only the tops of your gums were on show.

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5. Getting elastic bands attached
What a horrific idea. Whoever though of this? Bright and colourful elastic bands which pin themselves across your teeth. At least change the colour so people don’t ask you about them over and over again.

 

6. Fearing that you wouldn’t get to kiss anybody until you got them off
When you have braces, you think that they are the most unattractive thing in the world. But they’re not, and you quickly realised that there’s far more unattractive things than braces.

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7. The great feeling when your friends got braces too
You’re not alone in this struggle! Solidarity. The glorious feeling when one of your friends gets braces too. You say nothing of course, but inside you’re weeping with happiness.

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8. Running your tongue along your braces
How weird? Don’t lie, you did it.

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9. Having food lodged in your braces
It was one of the worst situations about having braces. You had to try and remove the bits of food that crept into the gaps between the metal and hope that nobody noticed you doing so.

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10. Getting your braces tightened
You knew it was coming but it never made it any better. The pain would resurface, as would the blender and straw…

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11. Being called the worst nicknames in the world
Braceface, Train Tracks and Metal Mouth were among the worst. Then some people had the audacity to shout “CHOO CHOOOOO!”

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12. The euphoria you feel when you get your braces off!
There is no better feeling in your adolescent, or indeed adult, life than the day you get your braces off. Going from trying not to smile to unleashing that glorious Hollywood grin at every opportunity is just fantastic!

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The brace years were not easy years. Thankfully, you’ve come out the other side, unscathed and with super straight teeth – yay! Looking back, here are some of the hardest things about having braces that you had to deal with:

1. The apprehension that nobody would want to kiss you
This was definitely the worst part  of braces. Kissing. Having braces was like having a warning sign on your face that you probably weren’t going to be that much fun to kiss.

80202-zooey-deschanel-crying-sad-gif-th6E2.  The first visit to the orthodontist
An orthodontist is not like a dentist. He invaded your mouth and waged war on your gappy teeth.

giphy-33. The retainer
If you had really shitty teeth/bone structure your first stop in the process is always a retainer. Having to remove the damn thing at every meal time is the worst…

giphy-74. The first time you get train tracks
The first day after getting braces was always the worst. Your lips were all cut and bruised from the  metal scraping your mouth at every opportunity, proving that beauty does equal pain.

giphy-45. Getting food stuck in your braces on a daily basis
Every.Single. Day.

giphy-66. And having people point it out to you in public
“You have some green sh** in your teeth”- Oh the embarrassment.

giphy-57. Elastics
Whoever invented these was seriously having a laugh. Removing them to eat was so annoying and any time you laughed too hard they would snap. Also, every time you opened your mouth everyone could see them: “What are those things in your mouth??”

page14-2-elastics218.  Tightening days
These were the worst appointments you had to deal with. The apprehension of knowing you had to get the damn things tightened was the worst.

giphy-89. Trying to drink soup while everyone else was eating something chewable
This always came in the day after you had to get them tightened.

giphy-910.  Having people sing the brace face theme song at you
“Braceface, teenage, boyfriends don’t want to talk about it, it will work out in the end.”

260px-Braceface_title_card11. Trying to smile with your mouth closed…and failing
No way to hide them..

giphy-212. Laughing with a big metal grin
Goofy doesn’t even cover it.

giphy13. Feeling better about yourself when you realised Beyoncé had them too
She really did!

beyonce_braces14.  Finally getting them off and realising that it was all worth it
One word. Transformation.

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