Setting The Record Straight
Busting the Myths about Braces
Q ~ Can I play a musical instrument after I get braces?
A ~ You bet you can—as long as you could play an instrument before you got them! There are plastic brace guards available to cover the braces that may be helpful to brass instrument players.
Q ~ Does getting braces mean I can’t play sports?
A ~ Of course not! You can still play any sport but be sure to wear a mouthguard. We can give you one made especially for braces. As a matter of fact, we suggest wearing a mouthguard even if you don’t have braces. Not only do they protect your teeth but they can also protect against jaw fractures.
Q ~ Someone told me if I have metal braces I’m more likely to get struck by lightning. Is that true?!
A ~ Whether you have braces or not, the odds of you getting struck by lightning are 1 in 700,000. What a shocker!
Q ~ Do braces rust?
A ~ No! Braces are made of materials like titanium alloy that are immune to rust, so don’t worry.
Q ~ Am I too old for braces?
A ~ No way! Almost 20% of orthodontic patients are adults. 50% of Dr. Perelmuter & Goldberg’s patients are adults. And now that people are living longer, healthier lives patients are getting orthodontic treatment in their 60’s and beyond!