Orthodontic braces are an accessory that adds a depth of reality to costumes for Halloween, movies and plays. If you don't have braces in real life but would like to give the appearance of having them, fake braces are a far more frugal and temporary option. But only adults should try them; they are a choking hazard for children.
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Things you need
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Paper clip
- Small plastic beads
- Orthodontic wax
Clean a paper clip and several small plastic beads thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide. This will disinfect the materials and help prevent infection from placing foreign objects in your mouth.
Bend a paper clip into a U shape, leaving a sharp point at each end.
Thread several small plastic beads onto the paper clip. These beads will represent coloured brackets on the braces.
Bend the two sharp ends of the wire with pliers. Use the pliers to curve each sharp end into a small loop. A tiny loop on each side of the wire will keep the beads in place.
Roll two small pieces of orthodontic wax into balls. You can purchase orthodontic wax at a drugstore or ask for some at your orthodontist's office. Place one ball of orthodontic wax on each end of the U to prevent the sharp edges of the paper clip from coming loose and cutting your mouth.
Place the fake braces into your mouth very carefully. If the braces do not feel comfortable, remove them and add more orthodontic wax or bend the wire to fit your mouth better.
Tips and warnings
- Do not eat or drink with fake braces in your mouth.
- Fake braces may damage your teeth. Wear them at your own risk.
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