Patients who choose to have braces want beautiful and aligned smiles at the end of their treatment. Although this is definitely what you’ll have if you follow your dentist’s orders to a tee, sometimes it helps to know a little bit more about the oral appliances in your mouth. Some go a year or two with braces and think of them as just that, not knowing exactly how they work and a few interesting facts about them. If you would like to know more about the brackets and wires straightening your teeth, we’ve compiled a few interesting things about them you may not know about.

Braces Don’t Set Off Metal Detectors

Believe it or not, some people believe in the crazy idea that braces set off metal detectors in airports, malls, and other establishments. This can’t be any farther from the truth. The materials used to make braces are lightweight and made of a non-magnetic alloy. This means you can walk through a metal detector, and if it beeps, your braces are not to blame. You may have to take off other articles of clothing, though, like maybe your shoes, belt, or accessories.

Two People with Braces Won’t Get Locked Together While Kissing

Although it isn’t impossible, the chances of this ever happening are extremely rare. Many people think this is true just because they see it in cartoons or exaggeratedly acted out on sitcoms and other shows. Fact is, brackets are compact and its placement on teeth make it difficult to get stuck even if you kiss another person wearing braces, too. If, in case, you do find yourself stuck in such a situation, stay calm and don’t force yourself out of the situation. Tugging away quickly and forcibly may only lead to further damage.

These are just some of the more fun facts we like to share to patients regarding the use of braces. Schedule a consultation with Orthodontic Alliances today to learn about more fun facts or to clear up any misconceptions you may have regarding the use of this dental appliance. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams with braces!