Getting fake braces is kind of like giving yourself a haircut. It’s possible, but not a good idea. You technically can do it, but a professional should really do it.
In this article, we’re going to cover who wears fake braces, why they wear them, what they’re made of, and the negative effects of wearing them.Creative Commons
Fake Braces Popularity
Fake braces are basically wannabe real braces made of materials you’d find at home or your local department store. They’re not placed by an orthodontist and they don’t operate like actual braces. Hence, the name “fake braces.”
However, they do look similar, which is why it can be difficult to see the difference.
And what’s the main demographic wearing these fake braces? Teenagers.
Why? Well, the main reason seems to be so they can fit in with their braces-wearing peers. If teenagers have to wear braces, they usually want to make them a fashion statement. So they’ll get colored braces, whether all one color or multiple colors.
Another common reason is for the braces to be a part of a costume for Halloween or a costume party. In these cases, the wearer plans to just wear the braces for an evening. But even this can be dangerous.
How To Make Fake Braces?
We strongly suggest you not try to make fake braces. It’s not safe and can do some serious damage to your teeth, gums, mouth, and even endanger your life, which we’ll talk more about below.
As for making fake braces, it involves using materials like rubber bands, bobby pins, pliers, scissors, colored silly bands, and a hot glue gun. Just hearing the materials and tools involved should tell you this isn’t a good idea.
Plus, making fake braces that look real is very difficult, so you may just end up with an ugly looking metal contraption stuck to your teeth.
You’re not trained as an orthodontist, so you shouldn’t try to do an orthodontist’s job after reading an article or watching a YouTube video.
Putting fake braces on yourself is a totally different procedure than what an orthodontist would do. The process of getting braces from a professional is complicated, too complicated for an untrained person.
Fake Braces For Sale
Usually, people buy pre-made fake braces online, the most common sites being Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Although you can, surprisingly, find fake braces kits on Amazon or other common seeling marketplaces. Also, many times, one can find fake braces for sale illegally in salons or on the black market.
Teenagers are often able to afford fake braces because they are so cheap. Real braces usually cost several hundred dollars or even thousands of dollars, but imitation braces or fake retainers can cost as little $100.
There’s a reason they’re so much cheaper: they don’t actually work for straightening teeth and they can do damage to the health of the mouth.
Negative Results of Fake Braces
Dealing with fake braces has more cons than pros — there are many serious health and safety issues.
First, they’re not be attached by a professional. Second, the materials that are typically used are not meant for oral use, especially the glue.
The glue can damage the enamel very easily, leading to tooth decay. The metals used have lead in them, which can be toxic and life-threatening. The brackets can cause cuts and sores in the mouth. And pieces of the braces could become loose and cause the wearer to choke.
On top of these things, these DIY braces could shift the teeth in unpredictable ways. They definitely shouldn’t be used as a legitimate way to straighten teeth. There are specific methods and tactics professional orthodontists use to shift the teeth in precise ways, so using fake braces could make the teeth more crooked and permanently damage the alignment of the teeth.
This is especially important to note if you plan to wear fake braces as a gag or as part of a costume — these can be one of the most harmful and dangerous Halloween costumes ever.
These dangers are real, even if someone were to wear it for a night during a Halloween or costume party.
- Fake braces are home-made contraptions often worn by teenagers, whether to help them look like their friends who have real braces or for some sort of costume
- These home-made braces are built with things like rubber bands, bobby pins, pliers, scissors, metal wire, colored silly bands, and a hot glue gun
- People usually find pre-made fake braces online, illegally at certain establishments, or on the black market
- The negative results of DIY braces far outweigh the temporary goal they may provide, like fitting in with braces-wearing friends or for a fun costume