Increasingly, children as young as eight are imitating their peers on YouTube and trying out DIY braces, attempting to straighten their teeth with rubber bands, paper clips, dental floss and other materials, including “braces by mail” kits. Unfortunately, DIY braces can ruin your smile and even make your teeth fall out by damaging the ligament that holds teeth in place.
Repairing the damage from DIY braces can be more costly than investing in orthodontic care. Explain to your children that, just as we wouldn’t attempt DIY surgery, we shouldn’t attempt DIY braces. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist for more information and to discuss treatment options.