Beyond questions about bonding, banding, and adjustments, there are some questions that are a little embarrassing or just plain silly to ask the orthodontist. Here are some fun and amusing facts about braces that just might answer your embarrassing questions.
Braces DO NOT set off the metal detectors. I repeat, DO NOT set off the metal detectors
You are at the airport in line to go to your gate, and before you walk through the metal detector, you are praying that it doesn’t go off. Yes, technically you have a full mouth of metal, however, the materials used in making braces are a lightweight, non-magnetic alloy. This means that the amount of metal does not create a strong enough current to set the metal detector!
Braces and Kissing, is it okay?
Will my braces get stuck if I kiss someone else that has braces? The answer is no (well that is if you aren’t trying to get stuck =)) Nowadays, brackets are so small and compact that it would be impossible to get them stuck together. So no worries.
Lightening: Do braces increase my chances of being struck?
As if having braces isn’t already enough now you have to worry about getting struck by lightening? Well great news, the odds of lightning hitting you remain the same whether you have braces or you don’t have braces. Although braces contain metal which is an electric conductor, there is not enough to increase your probability of being struck by a bolt of lightning.
Are braces just for kids?
Absolutely not! It is very common to that that braces are for the tweens and teenagers that are growing. The fact of the matter is that adult orthodontics are quickly becoming the largest segment of braces users. Research shows that in some parts of New York 90% of orthodontic patients are adults. Reasons for this of course varies from not listening to their orthodontist and wearing their retainer which causes teeth to shift to the funds that weren’t available when they were younger.
Rest assured no matter what age you are, metal detectors, kissing, and lightening are nothing to be afraid of. =)
Kim Bui, born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is pursuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.