From The Sacramento Bee:
Inspired by social media, some people are turning to rubber bands, fishing line and paper clips to perfect their own pearly whites – a practice that orthodontists warn could lead to gum irritation, misalignment and tooth loss.A quick search on YouTube reveals thousands of tutorials about how to straighten teeth without braces, many posted by users who appear to be teenagers.
Yikes!. This is nothing new, really, teenagers have been doing stupid stuff egged on by their peers forever. Now they can just distribute the stupid broader and faster using the Internet.
It makes some sense that this is teen agers. At that age they are very conscious of appearance and I am sure they would want straighter teeth at low or no cost and as teen agers they have a warped opionion of their own knowledge and ability to understand and control a situation.
It does give me pause as I use YouTube videos all the time to teach me how to do household or bike repairs. Now I wonder about the quality of the instruction. (Actually I have already had second thoughts on some of the videos I have watched.)