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Orthodontist warns against DIY braces made by teens

Doing it yourself is a great way to save money when it comes to some projects, but not when it comes to orthodontics, a local expert warns.

It sounds hard to believe, but a growing number of teenagers are trying to straighten their teeth with homemade braces.

DIY braces tutorials are all over YouTube: Teen girls use metal earring backings and small elastics to simulate the real thing.

Vancouver orthodontist Colleen Adams puts braces on Francesca Hayes, 10.

"It's quite shocking and really scary," said Vancouver orthodontist Colleen Adams.

Adams told CTV News that teeth move easily, and while in theory the braces might straighten crooked teeth, the YouTube tutorials are oversimplifying what is a very complicated process.

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