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Orthodontists warn not to try 'DIY braces'


There is something new trending, but experts are warning against this DIY method.

Videos on how to give yourself that perfect smile by skipping out on going to the Orthodontist.

A quick search on YouTube and you'll find hundreds of videos for "Do it Yourself Braces."

The people in the videos claim that all you need is an elastic rubber band to get that picture perfect smile.

Doctors say the results can cause irreversible damage.

"It's disgusting, that’s what it is,” said Dr. Shannon Kirchhoff, an Orthodontist at The Brace Place in Cape Girardeau.

He said he has treated orthodontic patients for decades and says the "do it yourself" method can cause damage beyond repair.

"The rubber band migrates below the gum tissue and that essentially extracts the tooth," he said.

Doctor Kirchhoff said you could start to see damage in four to six weeks, and it does the opposite of what braces are supposed to do.

"What you did is you close that gap, but you've opened up space behind there and now you have to deal with that,” he said.

Doctor Kirchoff said if you are interested in getting a more perfect smile, choose the conventional method. He said most orthodontists will offer a free consultation to find a treatment that will work for you.

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