Time for a Round of Braces Myth-Busting!

THERE IS A LOT of false information out there about braces and what it’s like to have them. We’re here to bust our way through a few of the most popular braces myths getting in between people and the properly aligned smiles they could have.

Myth 1: Playing sports with braces is too dangerous.

Athletes (especially those who play contact sports) have likely heard that they should sit out a season while they get orthodontic treatment, but that’s not necessary. All they need is to follow some common sense safety measures like wearing a properly fitted mouthguard during practices and games.

Myth 2: It’s impossible to play an instrument with a mouthpiece while wearing braces.

We’ll admit that it can be more difficult to play brass or woodwind instruments with braces on, but it’s not impossible. There doesn’t have to be a choice between a properly aligned smile and a beloved instrument: orthodontic patients can have both. All it takes is some extra practice to get used to playing with braces.

Myth 3: Braces rust.

Most braces are made of metal, but not a metal that rusts. We use metals like stainless steel and titanium, so they will remain in perfect, shiny condition throughout the whole treatment.

Myth 4: Only teens can get braces.

It is easier to treat teenagers for orthodontic problems, but there isn’t a cutoff date for getting a straighter smile. Adults can get orthodontic treatment at any age, so trust the experts instead of the myths!

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