EVEN PEOPLE WHO’VE 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 don’t 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 Are Only For Teens
It is true that it is easier to get the best possible result with orthodontic treatment as a teenager, but there isn’t a time limit for getting braces. Adults of any age can get them too.