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5 Popular Myths About Metal Braces, Busted!

October 19, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — orthoholliston @ 12:17 am
Model of teeth with metal braces

For decades now, braces have been one of the most popular teeth-straightening treatments available. After all, they can correct everything from minor gaps between teeth to extreme overcrowding. With that being said, there is still a lot of misinformation out there about the metal brackets and wires. So, we are setting the record straight by busting some of the most common myths about metal braces!

Myth #1: Your Braces Will Set Off a Metal Detector

Ever heard that braces will set off the metal detector at the airport? Since the brackets and wires aren’t magnetic, this simply isn’t the case. So, you don’t need to feel nervous the next time you’re late to catch a flight!

Myth #2: Braces Make Playing a Wind Instrument Impossible

At first, you may experience a slight learning curve as your lips and tongue adjust to the presence of your braces. However, your orthodontic treatment certainly won’t make it impossible for you to play. With a few extra hours of practice and some orthodontic wax, you’ll be proficient in no time!

Myth #3: Your Braces Will Get Tangled While Kissing

One of the most common myths is that locking lips means the potential of locking braces. However, braces today are sleeker and more durable than ever before. So, while it’s still good to exercise caution, you don’t need to worry about your brackets and wires getting tangled in someone else’s.

Myth #4. Braces Permanently Straighten Teeth

It’s no secret that braces can guide your teeth into a perfectly straight arch. Ultimately, keeping them that way relies on you wearing your retainers and following other best practices, like implementing a solid at-home oral hygiene routine and avoiding bad habits like smoking. If your teeth do start to move, get in touch with your orthodontist right away.

Myth #5: Braces Take a Really Long Time

All too often, patients assume that getting braces means committing to 3+ years of treatment. In reality, you could have the smile of your dreams in as little as one year – it totally depends on your unique dental needs. So, before you dismiss braces, talk to your orthodontist about a realistic timeframe for you.

And just like that, a few of the most popular myths surrounding braces have been debunked. If you want to fact-check a myth you’ve heard, don’t hesitate to do so at your initial consultation with your orthodontist!

About the Practice

Our team at Simply Orthodontics – Holliston knows there is a lot of misinformation out there about braces, that’s why we go above and beyond to provide accurate, reliable, informative data. Both Dr. Alan Carlotto and Dr. Sam Alkhoury focus on educating our patients before, during, and after their treatment, ensuring the entire process is as enjoyable and smooth as possible. If you’d like to learn more about braces, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment via our website or by phone at 508-429-7800.