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10 Myths About Teenagers & Braces

Teenagers often after more questions about braces than most people. So we’ve assembled the answers to the most frequent braces questions.

1. Braces make it hard or impossible to play a musical instrument?

There may be a little bit of an adjustment experienced and perhaps relearning how to apply yourself to your instrument. Once you have adjusted you can definitely continue to play your instrument. Be patient in the beginning.

Kid playing the trumpet

2. Will my braces interfere with radio signals?

Braces will not interfere with radio signals. You are safe. These types of metals do not conduct a radio signal so you will not be hearing secret government missions whilst brushing your teeth!

Satellite dish

3. Am I still able to play sports while I have braces?

Braces will not stop you playing sports at all. The best solution is to purchase a custom made mouthguard designed to sit perfectly over your braces and teeth and which will protect them whilst you are being active.

Girl playing hockey

4. Do braces set off metal detectors?

The metal that the braces are made from is an alloy and this is not the type of metal that the detectors and security agents are looking for. So you are safe going through metal detectors at the airport.

5. Having braces always hurts.

The process of putting braces on does not hurt. There is an adjustment period after you have the braces put on, during which sometimes causes discomfort. Once you have adjusted to the braces you will hardly know they are there. And sometimes after an adjustment you can feel a little tension which usually dissipates quickly.

6. Can my braces rust?

You would think placing metal on your teeth, the mouth being a watery place, would lead the metal to rust. Metals that are designed to be placed in the body are specially made and do not rust no matter how long you wear it in your mouth.

7. Will wisdom teeth interfere with my braces?

Whilst you are in treatment, you might wonder what happens if your wisdom teeth come through. Or your wisdom teeth might already be coming through now and you are concerned how this will affect your braces. The best thing is to discuss your concerns with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will tell you if you have enough room or not for the wisdom teeth to come through safely. If not, you may need to have them extracted. An X-ray will reveal how they are formed in your mouth to assess them accurately.

8. Do braces need to feel tight for them to work?

During treatment your braces will feel different. Sometimes they will feel tight and sometimes you will not feel them at all. If you do not feel them it does not mean that they are not working. Your braces are still moving your teeth even when it seems like nothing is happening.

9. The metal in the braces can interfere with electronics.

If metal can show up on a metal detector you would think that braces having that little bit of metal in them would also be able to interfere with electronic devices like TV’s or mobile phones or maybe even computers. You don’t have to worry your braces won’t conduct any signals, it’s not that kind of metal.

10. Braces are only for kids.

Orthodontic treatment can be at any age; in your teens, as a young adult, if you’re a Mum or Dad or even later in life. Generally teens have braces between 12 and 16 years old, however some people did not have the opportunity or the want to have braces at that stage in their life. You can have orthodontic treatment at any stage of your life; it’s never too late or too early. Today it’s a regular occurrence to have braces and people are used to seeing adults and teens with braces.

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