Friday, January 11, 2013

Faux Braces

Are Braces the Next Big Fashion Trend?

Currently in Aurora, CO, teenagers and fashionistas are gawking over skinny jeans, beanies, tall boots, and gold watches.  However, in places like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, an unbelievable new fashion trend has emerged that is leaving Drs. Versman, Heller & Beckman and Periodontal Associates' staff worried. 
Asian teens are now buying fake braces as a status symbol sending every teen into a temper tantrum if they do not have them as well.  This is a shock to us here at Periodontal Associates as braces carry a bad stigma in the United States preventing awkward teenagers from opening their mouths in fear that a fellow classmate may see.
These fashion braces are making a killer profit as each set is $100.  Why are they spending the money on such accessories you may ask? Braces are a symbol of wealth as only those with money can afford such dental care on themselves or their children.  $100 may seem like a lot to spend on braces merely used for show, but they give the illusion to strangers that they belong to a higher social class.

Not only are braces considered cool, but these dental manipulators now come in cute and original designs.  Some of the more popular themes include Mickey Mouse or Hello Kitty.

These mock braces are not all fun and games, however.  Most braces are prepped and placed on teeth by an orthodontist, but these fashionable braces are applied by the kids wearing them. Fashionable braces can come loose, crack teeth, irritate the gums and cause mouth sores. Such consequences can lead the teenagers to spend more time and money on fixing their dental blunders.  Many teens had to find periodontists, like Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman, to fix their gums and/or replace broken teeth with dental implants. The faux head gear is also sometimes assembled from unsafe metals like lead as there is no regulation on this product, but even more severe are those fashionable braces can cause death.  Deaths of two teenagers have already been reported.  

The dental field should be left to professionals like our doctors, Ken Versman, Doug Heller & Eric Beckman, and to prevent further damage from the misuse of dental practices, the Thai government has banned the fake braces.  The production, sale, or import of these products can result in fines around $1,300 or even jail time of six months.

As ridiculous or humorous the idea of faux braces may be here in Denver, CO, it is important to not take medical or dental practices lightly.  Dental services, such as orthodontics, dental implants, teeth whitening, or treating gum disease, are something to be left to professionals who are able to skillfully and safely help a patient with their dental needs. 
Periodontal Associates is proud to say we are those professionals.  With our specialist doctors, Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Doug Heller, and Dr. Eric Beckman, as well as our certified hygienists, Periodontal Associates is happy to provide the best dental services to our patients here in Aurora, CO.  Although we do not supply orthodontic care, we have close relationships with many orthodontists in the surrounding Denver area to refer you to.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman do help our patients with other dental needs such as: dental implants, gum disease, bone grafts, gum grafts, extractions, dentures, sinus lifts, and other needs.  Do you have a question about which doctors to see in Aurora for your orthodontic care or about what services Periodontal Associates provide? Please give us a call today at (303) 755-4500 or visit our website at  To schedule an appointment, you can call our Aurora office, or you can click here to schedule. We look forward to assisting you and providing you cosmetic dentistry to give you the smile you have always deserved.

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