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.