How to Make Fake Braces That Look Real

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you need them for a Halloween costume, play costume, or movie prop, fake braces can be made with a few very simple materials. While the fake braces are safe enough to use, it is more advisable to order a custom made pair online. For an example of where to find such a product, visit the webpage listed in the Resources section. The fake braces should also only be made by an adult, as the beads are choking hazards for small children.

Unfold the metal paper clip in a U shape. Do not try to fit them over your teeth yet.

Loop several small plastic beads in the colour of your choice over the paper clip.

Use a pair of pliers to bend the ends of the U shaped paper clip inward so that the sharp ends are laying flat against the fake braces and the ends are smooth.

Wash the fake braces in the palm of your hand using warm water and anti-bacterial soap. Rinse thoroughly and set them on a paper towel to dry.

Roll four small balls of orthodontic wax with your fingers. Press two of them into the sharp ends of the paper clip and the other two on the ends of the fake braces. The wax will act as a soft barrier that will protect your gums from the harsh metal.

Insert the fake braces over your teeth and use your fingers to adjust them to fit.


Do not drink or eat anything while you are wearing the fake braces.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Metal paper clip
  • Small clear plastic beads
  • Pliers
  • Orthodontic wax
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