Eight Fun And Interesting Facts About Orthodontics

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Improving your smile through orthodontic treatment is serious business but there’s a fun side too (including knowing all our great patient friends). So, for today’s post, here’s a list of fun, interesting facts about orthodontics. Enjoy!

Did You Know?

1. NASA Wiring?

The nickel titanium in some braces wire was developed by NASA 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 cements used to attach brackets to your teeth include 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.

Do you know any others?

Do you know any interesting orthodontic facts we’ve missed? Please share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Thanks for being our awesome patients. We appreciate you!