Even people who have never had braces before have probably still heard a lot of things about what they’re like. That’s why we’re here to bust a few popular braces myths.
Myth #1: Braces rust.
While braces are often made of metal, they do not rust. The metals in braces are stainless steel and titanium, so you never need to worry about them rusting during treatment.
Myth #2: It’s impossible to play an instrument with braces.
It certainly takes some adjusting to play brass or woodwind instruments with braces, but it’s still entirely doable! Don’t feel like there has to be a choice between playing a beloved instrument and getting a properly aligned smile. Orthodontic patients can have both!
Myth #3: It’s impossible to play sports with braces.
Athletes who play sports (especially contact sports) might have heard that they shouldn’t keep playing during orthodontic treatment, but that’s not true! A properly fitted mouthguard will provide great protection during practices and games.
Myth #4: Braces cause white spots on your teeth.
While it is true that patients can get white spots during treatment, the braces are NOT the cause! White spots form when food and plaque are left behind on the teeth. Good hygiene is the key to ensuring that your teeth stay white and healthy during orthodontic treatment.
Myth #5: Braces are only for teens.
While some things are best treated during the teenage years, there isn’t a time limit for getting braces. Adults of any age can get them too. Whether you're 6 or 86, there is an orthodontic option for you!
Trust the experts, not the myths!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.