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3 Common Myths About Braces, Busted

Posted on January 19, 2022

There are plenty of myths floating around about braces and orthodontics as a whole. While some of these myths revolve around the experiences of those who had braces years and years ago, some are just silly. Orthodontic technology has come a long way, meaning lots of the ideas that people have about braces are no longer true. In order to correct some of the misinformation, we are here to bust three myths about braces.

Myth #1: Braces Will Set Off Airport Metal Detectors

One of the questions that orthodontists get most frequently is, “Will my metal braces make the airport metal detector go off?” and the answer is, almost definitely not. Though metal is used for the brackets and wires in metal braces, it isn’t heavy enough or plentiful enough to make you appear as a threat to airport staff. Airport security is on the lookout for certain types of metals and enough of them to be cause for concern. Braces don’t make the cut. So, next time you have to go through airport security, you don’t have to worry.

Myth #2: Braces Will Make My Smile Straight Forever

According to Kidshealth.org, most people wear braces for about two years. While you wear them, braces work hard to shift your teeth into alignment. Once the braces have been taken off by a professional orthodontist, you will have to consistently wear your retainer as instructed in order to keep your teeth in proper alignment. It takes dedication to wear it often. Should you decide not to wear your retainer, you risk your teeth shifting out of alignment.

Myth #3: Braces Are for Young People

There is no age limit to braces. People of all ages benefit from this type of orthodontic treatment. Though many people attribute braces to kids and teenagers, about one in five orthodontic patients are actually adults over the age of 18. Some adults opt for ceramic braces or Invisalign, but many still confidently wear metal braces. Not only do braces benefit people aesthetically, but braces come with health benefits. People of all ages should be able to enjoy a healthy smile that they are proud to show off.

To get started on your orthodontic journey, reach out to the team at TruSmile Orthodontics. Our educated professionals will be able to dispel any other myths you’ve heard about braces and answer any additional questions that you have about the process.