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Do-It-Yourself Braces Trend Among Children May Cause Permanent Damage

braceslets get this straight*DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME*  The “disturbing trend” of children creating do-it-yourself braces out of rubber bands, aluminum foil, and paper clips. According to the report, there are an abundance of DIY braces videos on YouTube. A popular DIY braces technique is placing “a rubber band around two front teeth to bring those teeth together if there’s a gap.” This could cause several problems: the rubber band “could end up in the gum causing an infection, the rubber band could end up around the roots of the permanent teeth causing them to fall out, or the teeth could move in a way to make those roots touch the crowns of other teeth, also making you lose the permanent teeth.”

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