Achieving your “Life Changing Smile,” through orthodontic treatment is serious business… But there’s a fun side too (including knowing all our great patient friends). Here’s a list of fun, interesting facts about orthodontics. Enjoy!
Did You Know…?
#1 – NASA Wiring?
NASA developed the nickel titanium in some braces wire with shape memory properties (meaning it keeps its shape) that are activated by body heat and/or pressure.
#2 – 1728? You’re Kidding!
The first braces were designed in 1728, consisting of a flat piece of metal connected to the teeth by thread. Orthodontic brackets were invented in 1915.
#3 – How Does It Do That?
Some cement used to attach brackets to your teeth includes a fluoride-releasing substance.
#4 – Only A Select Few
100% of all orthodontists are dentists. About 6% of all dentists are orthodontists.
#5 – You Won’t Be One Of Them, Right?
Nearly 25% of orthodontic patients have to get braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers!
#6 – Never Too Old
Adults want straight teeth too! In fact, MILLIONS of people over age 18 are currently in orthodontic treatment.
#7 – Myth Breaking
Braces are not magnetic. Braces don’t set off metal detectors. Braces don’t pick up radio transmissions. Braces don’t increase your odds of being hit by lightning.
#8 – Famous Orthodontic Patients
> Check them ALL out! Emma Watson, Tom Cruise, Katy Perry, Prince Harry, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Fanning, and more.