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5 Myths About Braces

Posted on December 29, 2022

Are you thinking about getting braces? Or do you have a child who may need them? Braces are a highly effective way to straighten crooked teeth and prevent future teeth issues. However, many people avoid braces because they have misconceptions about what the process involves. Or they may falsely believe braces are dangerous because they’ve heard certain myths. Below are a few common myths about braces and why those myths are not true.


Braces Are Only for Teenagers

It’s true that braces are usually worn by teenagers. In fact, the average age for braces is 13 years old. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be a teenager to get braces. Plenty of adults decide to get braces later in life and you can get braces as young as 7 years old. It’s never too late to improve your oral health and obtain a more beautiful smile.


Braces Are Painful

Braces can be uncomfortable, but they are rarely painful. Mild discomfort can occur after the braces are put on and possibly after a tightening appointment. However, that discomfort usually doesn’t rise to the level of being painful. If you do feel pain, that is usually a sign that something is wrong with your braces, and you should call your orthodontist.


You Can’t Play Sports With Braces

Many people believe you can’t play sports with braces. That isn’t true. You can be active and participate in all the same activities you did before braces. The only difference is that with braces you may need to wear a mouthguard. That’s especially true if you’re playing a high-contact sport like football or basketball.


You Can’t Kiss Another Person Who Has Braces

The idea of braces “getting tangled” is a common myth, but it’s not true. It’s a fun gag in movies and television, and parents have used it for years to discourage young couples from kissing. However, today’s braces are made from such thin, lightweight material that it is incredibly unlikely that two people’s braces could get tangled or connected in some way.


You Will Set off Metal Detectors

Braces are made of metal, so it’s easy to see why this myth is so common. However, braces are made from lightweight metal that isn’t detected by metal detectors. There’s no reason for concern that you will be pulled out of the security line at the airport.

Do you have other questions or concerns about your braces? Contact us to learn more.