As of 2015, fake braces are available for purchase on Amazon. Other specialty online retailers, such as Trases and Braces Faces, sell handmade fake braces in a variety of colors.
Some fake braces come attached to a set of costume dentures that slip over the teeth like those sold in specialty costume stores, while others consist of a set of wires that attach directly to the real teeth. Fake braces have been trending among youth in Asian cultures since about 2006.
Whether wearing fake braces for style or for fun as part of a costume, physicians warn they can be detrimental to health. Some fake braces contain lead in the metal wires. The fashion accessory has also been linked to some deaths in Thailand. In one case, a 17-year-old from Khon Kaen contracted a thyroid infection from a pair of fake braces, and her condition eventually progressed to fatal heart failure. Thailand has since outlawed the production and sale of the item, and doing so is punishable by up to six months in jail, as of 2015.
Sometimes, the metal wires can cause bleeding gums or mouth sores if worn for extended periods of time. Individuals should not wear fashion braces longer than five months, according to an article on The Week.