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An Asian teen fashion trend that boggles my mind (22 Photos) » braces-Asian-fashion-trend-19

Let me start by stating that I'm at the point where it is hard for a strange Asian trend to surprise me. However, kids in Thailand, Indonesia and China sporting “fake braces” as a status symbol, well, surprises me.  Apparently, in these countries, orthodontic braces are expensive (a set of tinsel-teeth will cost you roughly $1200) and therefore a sign of wealth, making them the hottest new fashion addition. The market is now flooded with numerous knockoffs and fakes. In Indonesia, fashion braces—which are called kawat gigi untuk gaya or behel—will run you a mere $100.

Let me start by stating that I’m at the point where it is hard for a strange Asian trend to surprise me. However, kids in Thailand, Indonesia and China sporting “fake braces” as a status symbol, well, surprises me. Apparently, in these countries, orthodontic braces are expensive (a set of tinsel-teeth will cost you roughly $1200) and therefore a sign of wealth, making them the hottest new fashion addition. The market is now flooded with numerous knockoffs and fakes. In Indonesia, fashion braces—which are called kawat gigi untuk gaya or behel—will run you a mere $100.

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