Attention orthodontists! It's Valentine's Day and as people everywhere prepare to pucker up, your braces-wearing patients might have a few concerns. That's why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has taken this opportunity to dispel some common myths -- from the ordinary to the bizarre -- about braces.
- With today's smaller sleeker braces, two people wearing braces can kiss without locking braces.
- Braces are made with lightweight material and will not set off the metal detectors at airports.
- Modern braces are made of titanium alloy and other materials that don't rust.
- Once braces are removed it is important to wear the retainers prescribed by an orthodontist, as teeth move throughout one's life.
- Braces do not interfere with radio signals or electronic devices.
- No patient is too old for braces. Currently one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
- It is possible to play any sport with braces as long as patients use a mouthguard.
- Braces will not increase your chances of being struck by lightning.
- Deep sea divers rest assured. The small brackets used in today's braces, will not attract unnecessary attention from sea life.