Eight Fun Facts

Creating beautiful, straight smiles might be serious business, but at Top NoVa Orthodontics, we want to make it a lot of fun!

Here are eight fun facts you may not know about orthodontics:

1. NASA is in Your Mouth

The nickel titanium in some brace wire was developed by NASA with shape memory properties (meaning it keeps its shape) that are activated by body heat and pressure.

2. Braces Go Way Back

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. This Is Serious Science

Most of the cements in our office used to attach brackets to your teeth include a fluoride-releasing substance.

4. A League of Extraordinary Dentists

100% of all orthodontists are dentists. About 6% of all dentists are orthodontists.

5. Retain This Tidbit!

Did you know nearly 25% of orthodontic patients have to get braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers! Don’t be one of them!

6. You’re Never Too Old

Almost one third of orthodontic patients are adults. These days, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles. Treatment options range from Clear brackets to Invisalign. Which one is right for you?

7. Seven is the Magic Number

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be seen for a orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.

8. Breezing Through Security

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.