DIY Braces is a thing and it's really dangerous
DYI braces. Yep. Apparenty, it's a thing.
Teenagers all over the world are taking to YouTube to teach each other how to make their own braces with HAIR BANDS, and claiming it actually works.
SingerforLove, a YouTuber who's 'how to' video has racked up almost 500,000 views, is probably the most popular DIY Braces guru right now, even though the clip was posted a couple of years ago. She claims she "used to have really big gaps" and "was really self-conscience about it," until she discovered how to mend the problem herslef without breaking the bank.
"My family just doesn't have money like that lying around the house," she says. "So, today I'm going to show you guys how to make some homemade braces."
She continues: "It's gonna hurt, especially the first few days...but don't [give up], because it's totally worth it in the end."
She then suggests leaving them in for "at least a few weeks" before leading viewers through a really dangerous DIY adventure.
Now, you don't need to be a genius to know this is a very bad idea, guys.
Braces are important, and while they're super expensive sometimes, you should never skimp on dental care.
Attempting to be your own dentist is really harmful and can not only damage the entire structure of your smile, but wreck havoc on your gums and the blood supply to those pearly whites.
"It seems very attractive that you could possibly move your own teeth, but when you move a tooth, the color of the tooth might change because you are damaging the blood supply," says Dr. Rendon DDS, MSD, of Jefferson Dental Clinics in Texas, "You’re also going to have problems with your gums. When the gums are subject to pressure, the blood supply is cut [off], which changes the shape of the gums and can cause severe inflammation and infection."
We've said it once, we'll say it again. Do NOT try this at home.