DIY Braces. Yes it is happening, a very bizarre trend on its way to Australia.
Teenagers all over the world are making their own Braces with Rubber Hair Bands and are taking to YouTube to teach each other how.
Shalom DeSota, a YouTuber who's ‘how to' video has been seen by almost 1 million viewers, is leading the way. DeSota has been quoted saying.
” Today I'm going to show you guys how to make some homemade braces.”
“It's gonna hurt, especially the first few days…but don't [give up], because it's totally worth it in the end.”
There are so many things that can go wrong with this, I have heard of DIY landscaping and DIY wedding planning but DIY Braces is just a really dangerous adventure to undertake.
There is a risk of infection, a simple rubber hair band can slide up the tooth and harm gum tissues. This may not heal correctly and a risk of damaging the ligament that attaches the tooth and bone may lead to the tooth no longer being supported and become loose.
What makes traditional braces safer than rubber hair bands?
The biggest difference is that professionals like dentists and orthodontists have had many years of experience and training to carefully calculate the direction that teeth need to move safely into position. Professional Braces can take up to 2 years to successfully move teeth into the correct alignment.
Teeth are moved slowly with professional braces (which consist of a bracket and wire) so the dentist knows exactly the direction the teeth will move and how much force is necessary to restore alignment without damaging the teeth, gums or bone.
Personally, I wouldn't risk giving myself any type of cosmetic dental work, I would always seek a professionals help. You don't try and give yourself a nose job or a face lift now do you?
If you did try Do It Yourself Braces and it all went wrong and you lost teeth you are going to have to pay a lot more out to try and fix the situation and restore your smile.