Most children hate having to wear braces and other orthodontic paraphernalia, striking off on a calendar the days until the dentist removes them.
But not in some Southeast Asian countries, where teenagers are reportedly wearing fake train tracks glued to their teeth as a symbol of status, wealth and style – despite the fashion fad being blamed for the deaths of at least two youngsters.
Since genuine braces cost around RM5000, wearing them is a sign of financial prosperity. But adolescents in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have been buying the faux oral accessories – which do not need to be fitted by a dentist – in a multitude of colours and designs, including Hello Kitty or other cartoon characters.
Believe it or not, the fake braces are sold online for as cheap as RM35!
Online shops such as BracesFaces.com and Analicious even included instructions on how to manually fix in the braces at home, without the fuss of going to a certified dental surgeon.
And some teenagers are even fitting them on their own, leading to serious health concerns that the tiny components – some of which are made of lead – could become loose and choke the wearer, or even cause poisoning.
The aesthetic braces have been tied to the deaths of two young people in Thailand, causing the government to tighten up restrictions around selling them.
The fad got so out of hand that one annoyed orthodontist exhibited how dangerous fake braces is, by posting it up on Facebook.
The dentist, who claimed he.she was from a public dental clinic, wrote: “The image above serves as an example of the implications that will occur when utilizing a fake braces: uncontrollable movement of teeth, looseness and emergency extractions are forced to be conducted by the dental surgeon.”
The length of some people to put the fashion (braces) on by themselves, which is dangerous because they could come loose and slip into the throat.
The fake braces, which are glued onto the teeth, can also cause sores on the gums and inside the mouth and some of the wires have been found to contain lead.
Health experts have now warned young people against wearing fake fashion braces, and experts believe they are very dangerous and should be banned.-MYNEWSHUB.CC