The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) sets the record straight on some of the biggest myths surrounding braces and orthodontic treatment. Currently more than 4 million children and 1 million adults in North America wear braces. Below are the answers to some of the most popular – and strange – questions AAO members have received from their patients during the past year:
If 2 people with braces kiss, can their braces become locked together?
With today’s smaller sleeker braces it is extremely difficult—almost impossible— to lock braces while kissing. Also, braces are NOT magnetic.
Will my braces set off the metal detectors in the airport?
You are cleared for takeoff—the lightweight materials used in braces will not affect metal detectors.
Can braces rust?
No. Today’s braces are made of new stronger materials, like titanium alloy, and will NOT rust.
Will my braces interfere with radio signals or electronics devices?
No. Radio-loving gadget fanatics can rest easy.
Can I still play a musical instrument?
Yes. That is if you could play a musical instrument before you got braces.
Will braces increase my chance of being struck by lightening?
No. With or without braces, the chances of a lightning strike remain the same which, in the U.S. in any 1 year, according to NationalGeographic.com, is 1 in 700,000.
Can I still play sports?
Yes, but be sure to wear a mouth guard. Not only can mouth guards save teeth, they may also protect against jaw fractures. Mouth Guards are advisable for anyone, whether they wear braces or not.
Will my braces attract unwarranted attention from fish?
Scuba aficionados take heart: there is no need to cancel your next dive. The small brackets used in today’s braces, especially ceramic, will NOT attract attention from unsavory fish or sea life.