A fake braces trend is sweeping through Asia. Teens are buying non-medical braces from the beauty salon and the trend is really catching on. On Jan. 3, Vibe reported that the faux metal straighteners come in a variety of colors and can be applied at home. The new fashion statements, however, aren't all glamorous.
"Officials have warned that the wires on some fake braces may contain lead and the metal brackets can cause sores on the gums and inside the mouth," Vibe reports. There are health risks with orthodontic braces as well but with these fake ones, things could be much worse.
The fake braces trend is going viral today. Some people find it hard to believe that something that is so dreaded here in The States is so popular elsewhere. While braces can be painful, most people don't like the way they look on their teeth -- the metal really isn't super-attractive. Aside from the trend being dubbed ridiculous, it's also been called "dangerous." Two deaths have been credited to his fad.
"The accessory has been linked to at least two deaths in Thailand. In one instance, a 17-year-old from Khon Kaen reportedly contracted a thyroid infection from a shoddy pair and her condition quickly progressed to fatal heart failure," reports Vibe.
Will the fake braces trend end or will this be the next big thing?
© Effie Orfanides 2013