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Brace Yourself

Whatever Your Kid Is Doing In The Bathroom, Make Sure It’s Not This

You already know that kids do stupid stuff, because you have kids, but occasionally stupid kid stuff goes viral and results in a whole bunch of kids doing stupid stuff all at once (see: “Challenge, Cinnamon” or “Lips, Kylie Jenner“). Well, the kids are at it again. This time, they’re making their own braces using dental floss and rubber bands. What could possibly go wrong? Aside from their teeth falling out?

The trend has gained traction thanks to a gang of YouTube videos that suggest looping something around the back of your teeth and tying it around the front can be just as effective as actual dental work. Shockingly, this isn’t the case. The American Journal of Orthodontics issued a report warning about the hazards of DIY braces, which include a decreased blood supply to the mouth, teeth discoloration, swelling and infection. Oh, also they can fall out. And, apparently, you could die.

So, there you have it. If you catch you kid trying to straighten their own teeth, point out that actual braces are a much better look than actual dentures. Or being dead.

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