Braces Are Now A Fashionable Status Symbol

I just don't understand.

I just don’t understand.

What people find fashionable can run the gamut. There are those who think that tattooing their face is all the rage and others who think it’s OK to wear leggings in public (I’m looking at you, Sam.) Personally, I find neither to be fashionable or even remotely easy on the eyes, but fashion is what you make it and definitions of it are vast.

So what about braces? Would you consider them fashionable? Or were you like me and cried for the three years I had them, begging my mom that if I should die with them still on, she’d have them removed because I wasn’t taking that shit to the grave? If you’re an Asian teen you might be crying because you don’t have them.

For reasons the world can’t explain, teens in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia are dropping $100 for fake braces. Why? Because braces are the newest and hottest fashion trend out there, that’s why. Not only are they trendy, but they’re also a status symbol. To get the real deal, you’d have to pay $1200 for a mouth of metal, so the black market ones at just $100 are practically a steal.

Although there are downsides to having fake braces like, oh, I don’t know, chocking on wires that come loose and just overall being a pain in the ass, it hasn’t stopped the teen population in those countries from going crazy over them. With the recent death of two Thai teens, there’s now a $1300 fine to anyone caught selling them, but still even that hasn’t stopped the demand.

Maybe this is showing my age, but if this became a trend here in this country, you better believe I’d steer clear of it. I’ve been down that road once; I don’t need to do it again. I just wish it was cool to be a metal mouth when I was 12; maybe I would have been popular or something.


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    • Cee

      I have always wanted braces! Everyone would make fun of me for wanting this because I was already nerdy enough with “glasses and reading books for fun” but I always thought they looked cute and wanted to wear colorful rubberbands to match my outfits..ugh I am lame. In all seriousness, I know braces wearers really suffer a lot with them on, but still, I was very jealous!

    • Cate

      I wanted braces for the longest, not because I liked the way they look, but because my teeth were (and are) really fucked up looking and also give me the faintest trace of a lisp. I am deeply self conscious about both of these things and therefore feel that you got off easy with just three years of metal-mouth.

    • Lori Lee

      Oh the pain….

    • haily

      I think guys dig braces because it makes girls look younger…which is a little sickening because it’s usually middle-school girls that have braces.

    • aeverpean

      Braces are seriously the best! I got some braces from just a little while ago, and can already see my teeth changing, i can’t wait to see what they look like when i’m done!