In a province of tall mountains, tall trees, and tall tales, it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction. Separating myth from reality can be especially difficult when it comes to getting, and wearing, braces which is why we’ve asked an expert. We’ve collected some of the most common, and bizarre myths, and ran them past British Columbia Society of Orthodontist member, Dr. Lucien Bellamy, to either debunk or confirm them.
Myth: If I wear metal braces, I’m more likely to get struck by lightning.
Fact or Fiction: Bizarre fiction
If you know someone with braces, or have ever thought about getting them, you’ve
probably heard that a little extra metal in your mouth makes you a target. The National Weather Service reports that the risk of being struck by lightning in a given year for the average person is 1 in 1,000,000—and that risk isn’t impacted by braces.
Myth: I can see my dentist for my braces.
Fact or Fiction: Common fiction
All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontics is a specialized branch within dentistry, and orthodontists have attended 2-3 years of additional training beyond dental school to be able to straighten and align your jaw. Only an orthodontist has the training, the experience, and the treatment options to give you your best smile.
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