Braces are a status symbol for Filipinos. We are not removed from the idea that perfection must be achieved by means possible. We can see advertisements left and right on billboards in EDSA with celebrities smiling with perfect, picket-fence-white teeth. It is not surprising that, when ones adolescence come, many Filipino kids with crooked teeth will want to achieve the same smile their matinee idols have.
People aim for that toothpaste smile, by that we mean smiles of people with straight and sparkling white teeth. This is the image being perpetuated in the Philippine local media. In fact, the local entertainment industry is one of the major players why more and more people desire to get dental braces. It can not completely be attributed to the local Philippine media as the desire for perfection is deeply rooted in human nature.
For those who are not akin to the idea of braces, there are invisible braces. Invisible braces are common among Philippine celebrities. Considering that they have to smile in the camera and pose for photos. Many young Philippine celebrities opt for the invisible braces because it will be more flattering in photos and in shoots. As most trends in the Philippine society are sported by celebrities, it is not surprising that the influence of the local, young celebrities has boosted the preference for invisible braces through the years.
For those who grew up with crooked teeth, the desire for perfection, in this case is hinged on having straight teeth. One does not have to worry, then, as this can easily be remedied with the use of braces. There are many types of braces, otherwise known as dental braces. These dental braces serve different functions, but all of which are aimed at correcting the proper alignment of teeth.