Have you heard that braces interfere with radio signals? Or that they attract the attention of fish? If you’re about to start orthodontic treatment, you may be curious if there is any truth to prevalent myths like these. The short answer: no. To debunk more common myths about metal braces, read on!
Myth #1: Your Braces Will Rust
Since traditional orthodontics is often referred to as “metal braces,” many patients assume that they will rust when exposed to water. Luckily, that’s not the case. The brackets and wires are crafted from titanium alloy, a durable and rust-resistant material. Whether you wear braces for a few months or several years, they won’t rust.
Myth #2: You Can’t Play an Instrument with Braces
Drums and guitars are certainly easy to play with braces, but it’s important to know that braces won’t stop you from playing wind instruments either. Of course, there will likely be a short adjustment period as you get used to the presence of your braces. Fortunately, it’s nothing that a few extra hours of practice won’t address!
Myth #3: When You Lock Lips, You Lock Braces
Nearly everyone has heard this myth. Since the image of your lips permanently locking with another’s until you get to your orthodontist’s office is quite jarring, it’s not surprising that this is one of the most prevalent ones. Don’t worry though – the chances of this happening are very unlikely.
Myth #4. Braces Permanently Straighten Teeth
While braces can certainly correct overcrowding, spaced-out teeth, and the like, orthodontic relapse is possible. That’s why it’s so important that you consistently wear your retainer! Doing so will help keep your teeth in their properly aligned positions both now and decades from now.
Myth #5: Braces Are Only for Kids and Teens
Nope – adults can get braces too! After all, braces are designed to help with much more than just aesthetic concerns. Traditional orthodontics, Invisalign, and other modern teeth-straightening solutions can improve your bite, enhance your speech, and even boost your oral health. So, don’t let your age stop you from getting the smile of your dreams!
Now you can lay the above myths about braces to rest. If you want to fact-check something you’ve heard about orthodontics, then talk to your orthodontist!
About the Practice
For our team at Simply Orthodontics, braces are part of our day-to-day lives. Of course, that’s typically not the case for our patients (not at first, anyway). That’s why we do more than just provide personalized treatment plans; we also answer questions, ease concerns, and help debunk prevalent myths beforehand. If you want to learn more about life with braces or you’d like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (860) 774-2008.