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Despite the dangers of seeking dental treatment from unlicensed or fake dentists, there are still people seeking out these fraud services such as illegal braces installations.
This is because getting braces in public hospitals can be a long wait or it’s expensive in private dental clinics.
Recently, a Twitter user Scha Darling got into trouble when she allegedly tried to promote her friend’s illegal dental business.
She claimed that her friend is sort of “certified” by a dentist and would install braces for only RM300. For some of us who have had braces done, this sounds fishy because getting braces can cost upwards of RM3,000.
— Dr Dira 🦷 (@dyradyre) May 31, 2022
Her friend allegedly got certified by a dentist after paying some money and attending a short course. She would also do house visits to carry out the treatment.
A lot of people have done it with her. And she’s certified (I guess). Does anyone want her number?
Her tweets received a backlash from netizens who said her friend is definitely not a licensed dentist nor is she certified to install braces.
They also said there’s no way her friend could carry out the whole procedure such as extracting teeth in a patient’s home without taking an x-ray.
A netizen jokingly said they wasted RM5k for their braces and could have gone to the uncertified dentist.
Another netizen tagged and jokingly told their friend that they could drop their degree and become a dentist just by taking a short course over a few months.
Sis please kenalan you obviously bukan certified. Tolong jgn support dia mehh
— portugal (@portugal11112) May 31, 2022
I berani ckp ur fren is not certified & high risk of scam-type-braces.
Braces ni bukan main lekat2 besi kt gigi je ye. Wajib xray, tau allignment gigi, tau perlu cabut ke x etc. How u gonna do all that at customer’s house? 😂
Ur fren is at high risk of being arrested by KKM.
— Awieieieie (@awie_harriz) May 31, 2022
Rugi je aku bayar 5K untuk braces kalau boleh dapat harga murah dari kawan dia. Hahaha. Bahaya betul la jenis fake ni…. Tapi masih ada yang percaya. Kanina
— memer (@_mxmxr) May 31, 2022
@qylamohd dah boleh drop degree. Ni bape bulan je boleh jadi dentist dah
— afya (@afnope) May 31, 2022
The Health Ministry took notice
The tweets had also caught the attention of the Health Ministry and its dentistry and medical practice department.
They asked netizens to share the number of the ’dentist.’
— KKMalaysia🇲🇾😷 (@KKMPutrajaya) May 31, 2022
Due to the backlash, Scha Darling has deleted her post but fast-acting netizens managed to screenshot and save her tweets for posterity.
While it’s a dream of many to have beautiful and aligned teeth, it’s not worth the risk to seek out unlicensed and unaccredited dentists because damage to the teeth might be irreversible.
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