Some Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Orthodontics

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When it comes to having braces fitted to your teeth, some people do not mind the concept, and in parts of Asia, it is considered a fashion accessory. There are cases of people having braces fitted that they do not really need, just so they can be seen as fashionable.

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You can read more about the subject of using braces as a fashion accessory from articles available online, and below are other interesting facts about braces that you may not already know.

Braces Are Older Than You Think

Although we may make braces using a modern material, braces have been used on teeth for almost 300 years. Although the technology has changed a lot, the principle has not. The first form of braces was a flat piece of metal which was connected to the teeth using a bit of thread.

Braces Do Not Only Straighten Your Teeth

Braces will help to straighten your teeth, but there is also another benefit to wearing them as they can assist in fixing your bite as well. They can assist in lining the teeth up so that when you bite down, your front teeth on the upper jaw cover the lower teeth and the cusp of your molars do not touch each other so that you have the perfect bite.

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Made From Space Age Technology

You find that the Newtown orthodontics service offered by Sydney Park Dental and other dental practices will often use a nickel-titanium wire in the braces, which is a metal that was first made for NASA. As with a lot of other technology that we take for granted, this alloy which is heat-activated was first developed for the American space program but has a lot of applications in our everyday lives.

You Can Have Braces At Any Age

Braces are not something that is exclusive to spotty teenagers, and a person of any age can wear braces to help align their teeth. There are millions of people that are over the age of eighteen that wear braces around the world. You do tend to find that the older people who wear braces are doing so for a specific purpose other than the aesthetic look of their teeth.

There Are Over Ten Different Types Of Braces Available

You may think that all braces are the same, but you could not be further from the truth. There are over ten different types, but not all may be suitable for you. Your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth and go through the various options such as invisible braces, porcelain or mini braces. You can then decide which option will be best for you.

Fixing Some Myths About Braces

There are various myths about dental braces that people think are true, when in fact they are not. For example, dental braces will not set off a metal detector, and you can still safely play sports when wearing them. Braces are not magnetic and nor do they affect radio waves in any way. Another myth is that if two people that wear braces kiss they could get locked together, but this would not happen.

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If you are considering wearing dental braces, speak to your local dentist and see what they recommend as the best option for you, and they will also be able to answer any questions that you may have.