Black Market Braces

by Alison

In Thailand it is tough for the average kid to afford braces. This has made braces a sign of wealth. Since braces are a sign of wealth it follows that braces might also become fashionable. However, it seems kids in Thailand might be taking this a bit far.

The Top Tenz website ( is reporting that fake braces are available in Thailand in a do it yourself kit for less than 10% of the cost of regular braces.

Makes perfect sense to me, I can see the promo now - for those who want to have all the bulk and discomfort of braces without the benefit of straight teeth!

Sadly, these fake braces have caused deadly infections, and, “the Thai government outlawed the practice, threatening to punish producers with up to six months behind bars. But that only gave rise to a thriving black market for braces.” That seems so crazy to me – an ugly ‘fashion’ that is not only uncomfortable, but also illegal!

If you’d like to read about the fake braces in Thailand check out the link above. If you’d like to have real, legal braces give us a call. We can help you with that. 703-532-1712