The Dangers of Fake Braces

colourful fake braces

Wearing fake braces, also known as cosmetic braces or DIY braces, is an emerging “cool” trend among teens and twenty-somethings.

Essentially, fake braces are look-alike appliances that imitate the appearance of real orthodontic braces. They are often colourful and in the shape of popular cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty – all just for the sake of fashion.

Wearing fake braces is particularly popular in Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, but it’s becoming popular in western countries too.

Girl in Asian School Uniform smiling with braces

What Exactly Are Fake Braces?


Fake braces are purely cosmetic appliances that are made with a piece of wire and brackets. The wire is moulded to fit the shape of the teeth’s exterior and is then glued onto the teeth.

They are purely decorative, and not functional in any way.

Fake braces or DIY braces are often worn by teenagers just for the sake of creating a fun look or as a status symbol (due to their cost, braces are seen as a symbol of status and financial prosperity in many Asian countries).

While this may seem like a harmless trend, it can be very dangerous for your health.

Up close of braces on teeth

What Makes Fake Braces Dangerous?


Since fake braces are never fitted by a licensed orthodontist, they can cause many complications.

Risks include:

  • Choking hazard (braces may unwind and end up in your throat while sleeping, causing choking)
  • Poisoning from toxic materials (like cheap rubber)
  • Mouth sores and infections that may lead to surgery
  • Shifting of teeth (you could end up with more crooked teeth)
  • Tooth decay from the glue used
  • Tooth enamel discolouration
  • Tooth loss
  • Foul breath

No fashion trend is worth risking your health. If you or your child truly need orthodontic treatment, book your free consultation with us. We offer different treatment types and financing options for every need.

Benefits of Early Orthodontics

Young girl with braces getting early orthodontics

There is a better alternative for a beautiful smile than fake braces – real braces.

Real orthodontic braces are the only solution for lasting results and overall confidence.

We recommend all children between 7 and 8 have their first orthodontic visit.

On your first visit, our consultant will determine whether your child needs braces or not. We can also help you decide what type of braces is best for your child.

Our clinic is equipped with the latest technology and equipment to make sure your braces journey is smooth and safe.

Contact us today or simply give us a call at 020 3811 7625.

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