Amazing Facts and Myths About Braces

Crazy, isn’t it?

The way rumours start and spread. And the way that they can become urban myths that a lot of people believe, and argue over.

Despite being so common, there are still plenty of unknown facts, misconceptions and downright myths about braces. Who knows where some of these get started (like the one about braces being susceptible to rust), but once started they often circulate and take on a life of their own.

Here are some of these crazy myths you may have heard about braces, courtesy of Gullotta Orthodontics. (Click to Tweet)

Metal Detectors and Magnets

The metal in braces is not magnetic and is not susceptible to magnets. Braces are made from stainless steel or a titanium alloy.

Braces will not set off a metal detector, nor will they rust.  And the metal does not interfere with radio signals or microwaves.

Braces Locking Together

Heard the one about braces locking together when you kiss? The chances of this common television comedy gag becoming a reality are very slim, even though you see it regularly used for a laugh.

Today’s braces are sleek and slim. Certain kinds – like Invisalign aligners, don’t even have wires or brackets. So, kiss away.

Dreading Restrictions

“If I have braces, I can’t __________”: you fill in the blank.

Braces don’t prevent you from playing sports, although it is wise to wear a mouth guard. Nor do braces prevent you from playing a wind instrument like the flute, saxophone or tuba.

You’ll have a period of adjustment while you learn how to hold the instrument or use your lips and tongue. However, depending on the kind of braces you have, you may need to give up popcorn and hard lollies for a while.

Believing Braces are Modern

Actually, the ancient Egyptians used a form of braces for orthodontic treatment. Archaeologists have found mummies with metal bands on their teeth.

The Ancient Greeks, the Etruscans and the Romans also practised various forms of orthodontics, too.

Modern braces got their start about 300 years ago, in 1728, when Frenchman Pierre Fauchard came up with a metal “bandeau” like today’s mouth guards.

Concern About Expense

Braces aren’t as expensive as they used to be. The wires, ligatures and clasps were originally made of gold, which was very malleable. (Click to Tweet) However, the metal’s softness meant frequent adjustments, and gold braces were REALLY expensive.

Today the cost of braces or aligners varies according to the problem, length of treatment and type of braces. Treatment is more affordable thanks to dental insurance and the fact that many orthodontists have flexible repayment plans.

Other Crazy Myths

No, braces don’t attract fish – how on earth did this one get started? Nor do they increase the risk of being struck by lightning.

They don’t make your teeth permanently straight, and you will need a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting out of their new position.

You’re never too old for braces (Faye Dunaway had braces at 61), and they don’t have to be super-obvious. You can get braces and aligners that are barely noticeable.

You don’t need a referral to see an orthodontics, and you don’t have to wait until your kids are teenagers before making an appointment. In fact, the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that every child between the ages of eight and ten years should have an orthodontic check-up.

If you have questions about braces or any other orthodontic issue, please give us a call. We’re happy to offer you a free initial consultation where we can answer your questions and discuss a solution tailored specifically for you!

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