Orthodontic Myth Busters

Posted On: February 21, 2017

Many people have formed opinions about orthodontics based on myths. What you may have heard or read online may not be completely true. Here are some common myths patients have about orthodontic braces.

Myth: Braces will set off metal security detectors.

Busted: Braces are made of materials that do not interfere with metal detectors… you are good to go!

unnamedMyth: Braces will increase my chances of getting struck by lightning.

Busted: People who wear braces have a 1 in 700,000 chance of being struck by lightning, the same as those without braces!

Myth: Wearing braces will keep me from being able to play my musical instrument.

Busted: Not true. Playing will feel different and a little awkward at first but that’s short-lived. Once you get used to the braces you’ll be making music just as beautifully as ever.

Myth: My diet will be limited by braces.

Busted: You should still be able to enjoy most of the foods you’ve always loved while wearing braces. You should avoid foods that are hard, chewy, or sticky. If you are wearing traditional braces, these foods could cause damage to the wires or brackets.

Myth: I’m too old for braces.

Busted: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

Myth: Nutrition doesn’t affect oral health.

Busted: Healthy eating is essential for oral health! Nutrition has a direct impact on your teeth and gums. Poor nutrition may lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

786452Myth: I should replace my toothbrush when the bristles are frayed.

Busted: You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, unless you get sick, then you may want to replace it sooner.

Myth: I’m allergic to braces.

Maybe: Some people are allergic to stainless steel. When this happens, other appliances can be used instead. People can also be allergic to the latex gloves used by the orthodontist and the assistants. Non-latex gloves can be used, just let us know.

Myth: Sleep apnea can be treated orthodontically?

Maybe: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is essentially a physical obstruction of the upper airway. Orthodontics has been shown to be one of the most successful management strategies of OSA.

Don’t let opinions about orthodontics deter you from having the smile you have always wanted! If you have questions or want more information about braces or Invisalign, give Fry Orthodontic Specialists a call at 913-469-9191 or 816-877-0050. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!