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The American Association of Orthodontics is urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites that encourage people to try and straighten their own teeth. Straightening your teeth or moving your teeth is a medical procedure that requires the professional supervision of an orthodontist. Please be wary of any suggestions to move teeth with rubber bands, dental floss or other objects ordered online. Moving teeth without a thorough exam of the overall health of the teeth and gums can result in permanent loss of teeth, which in turn will result in expensive and lifelong dental problems. Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education and training beyond dental school to become experts in straightening teeth and aligning your bite.

Content based on information from the American Association of Orthodontics