If you have naturally straight teeth, then you've saved yourself a ton of time, money, and hassle by skipping the process of wearing braces. However, sometimes you just want to pretend you're wearing braces, whether you need them or not. Whether you need them for a costume or just want to change your look, braces are the perfect way to look chic and geek. There are a few ways to make it look like you are wearing braces. However, you must be careful. When you put metal against your teeth, you run the risk of scratching the enamel. Fake braces shouldn't be worn for very long periods of time, so it's best to wear them when you want to play dress up or need a costume accessory.
Method 1 of 2: Use a paper clip and beads
Step 1. Unroll a paper clip with your hands
Make sure to choose a thin paper clip for this project. Thicker clips will not work for you and will look rough and unrealistic on your teeth. The beads you are using to make your braces will not fit into a thicker clip.
Step 2. Fold the paperclip into a large u shape
This shape should fit around your upper teeth. After u-forming and smoothing out any unevenness in the wire, try it on. Smile and put the wire over your upper teeth to see how they feel. Fix areas that feel uncomfortable or look unnatural.
Step 3. Count the teeth in your smile
In other words, see how many teeth you show when you smile naturally. You will need an account for each visible tooth. The beads will look like braces supports.
Step 4. Thread the beads into the clip
You can find small beads at any art supply store, and you can choose the colors you want. After putting them in the clip, hold the wire against your mouth and smile again. Adjust the beads so that each one is in the center of one tooth. Once you've centered them correctly, carefully pull the wire out of your mouth.
Step 5. Glue the beads in place
Place the paperclip very carefully on a plate or piece of paper, and make sure they haven't moved from their positions. Use a non-toxic glue to carefully glue the beads in place. Let the glue dry for about ten minutes. Once the beads are firmly in place, gently use your finger to scrape off any excess glue.
The glue won't break down in your mouth for about three to four weeks. Braces may not be worn all day, every day, so they will last longer
Step 6. Bend the ends of the paperclip
Take a pair of pliers and bend the ends 90 degrees into an L shape. Now fold the tip of the L back, until it lies flat along the back of the L. Basically, the wire will be bent in two. Do it slowly and carefully, and be patient. You will need to press gently a couple of times with your pliers to create this compressed curve.
Step 7. Apply orthodontic wax
You can buy it in most pharmacies. Break a tube of orthodontic wax in two and roll each piece between your hands to create two balls. Push each end of the braces through one of the wax balls.
Step 8. Try on the braces
Gently put the braces on your upper teeth and adjust them. Gently push the orthodontic wax against your teeth so that you can hold the braces in place while flattening them for a more natural look. You may have to play with the braces a bit to make them look perfect.
Remember to only wear your fake braces for short periods of time to make sure you don't damage your teeth or gums
Method 2 of 2: Wear a Garter and Earring Locks
Step 1. Get a garter of the right size
You need one that can go around the front of your teeth and cover the back. The best types to use are the small rubber bands that are used to make braids. You can buy them in pharmacies and beauty stores.
Step 2. Add some earring locks
You will need to wear an earring lock for each tooth so that they show up when you smile. Put them in the garter, facing the same direction. The flat part of the lock will be against your tooth, with the bumps to the outside. In this way, they will resemble braces.
Step 3. Place the rubber band around your teeth
Be careful to stretch the rubber band gently so it doesn't tear. Once the rubber band wraps around all of your upper teeth, you can adjust the locks. Slide them in until each one is in the center of one tooth.