Risks of fake braces
Fake braces are often worn by teenagers just for the sake of creating a fun look or as a status symbol. (Photo: Pexels)

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 are often worn by teenagers just for the sake of creating a fun look or as a status symbol. (Due to the cost, braces are seen as a symbol of status and financial prosperity.)

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

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.

Besides, no fashion trend is worth risking your health. While we don’t recommend fake braces, it’s important to note that some children can benefit from getting real braces.

Alternatives for a beautiful smile

Consulting with a dentist or orthodontist is a great way to figure out if your child is a good candidate for dental braces. Your orthodontist can help you decide whether traditional or ceramic braces are right for your child.

Traditional braces. These are much lighter and easier to manage than ever before. Traditional braces slowly move teeth into the correct position by putting pressure on them.

Ceramic braces. They work similarly to traditional braces but the brackets are made from a clear, ceramic material. Ceramic braces are less visible than traditional ones.

If your child doesn’t need braces this could be a great time to set a good oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing twice a day and flossing daily. This can help your child benefit from a clean and healthy mouth and a bright smile. It can also be an excellent time to discuss the risks associated with following trends, especially with your child’s teeth.

Ultimately, it’s probably best to avoid fake cosmetic braces or any other trend that mimics an orthodontic appliance. They might seem trendy and affordable, but they can prove very costly in the long run!

Dr Sharon Robinson’s office, The Dental Place Cosmestix Spa, is located at Winchester Business Centre, Shop #5. You can contact us at 876 630 4710 or on WhatsApp at 876 441 4872. You can also utilise our social pages via Instagram: @Dentalcosmetixspa and Facebook: DentalCosmetixspa.

Dr Sharon Robinson

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