Orthodontists warn patients about DYI braces

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MID-MICHIGAN (WILX) - Braces can be costly however, orthodontists are warning you about taking matters into your own hands.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, nearly 13 percent of its orthodontist members are seeing patients who have tried do-it-yourself (DIY) teeth straightening; some of those attempts have caused irreparable damage.

The methods and materials commonly used to attempt DIY teeth straightening include rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line, paper clips, biting on pencils, creating fake retainers and pushing teeth with fingers.

The reported age range of people attempting to straighten their own teeth was from 8 years old to over age 60.