Move over Molly, Jordans re-releases, and Trinidad James because there is a new trend in town! One that’s going to make you an absolute STAR! Check below…
Defying Western stigma and school-age angst over wearing braces, some Asian teens are reportedly buying fake braces as a status symbol.
This orthodontia oddity has flourished in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, according to outlets.
Kids are forking over $100 for the black-market fashion braces to fool observers into thinking they can afford the authentic — and expensive — mouthworks, AFP reports.
Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty are among the popular designs, but whimsical themes aside, the braces can also be dangerous. As Vice.com notes, the faux braces have led to the deaths of two teens in Thailand, causing the government to crack down on vendors. Selling fashion braces now carries a punishment of up to six months in prison and a $1,300 fine, according to the report.
In 2009 — yes, this trend has some bite — CBS reported on the Thai government’s concern that parts could come loose and choke wearers, and that some of the braces contained lead.
A few outlets poked fun at the newly updated fad. MSN cracked that perhaps stick-on acne would be next. Jezebel wrote, “I’m sure brace-decoration-technology (?) has only improved since I was young, making them ripe for customization and bedazzling and conspicuous consumption.”
Humor site the Chive ran a pictorial, remarking that among all the supposedly crazy crazes, this one was, well, surprising.
RECEIPT: THE HUFF
Times have changed.
But hell, have you went to the dentist these days?! They charge you a lung, Adam’s rib, and half an ass cheek just for separate coverage. I can only imagine what it is like in other countries. I just thought of something doe…
With this brilliant idea of fake braces, when you take them off, your teeth won’t be straight.
Yeah let it marinate for a minute. Let’s give this ‘great idea’ a FAIL.