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Braces should come with warnings. Once they are on, things will begin to change. A life with braces requires adjustment. The wires and brackets can irritate the inside of your mouth causing painful sores. The regular tightening can lead to jaw pain. What's more, braces are a food magnet. It is important to avoid foods such as popcorn, hard and sticky candy and gum, since the residue from foods can cause tooth decay. Not only that, but having a piece of popcorn stuck in your teeth isn't very attractive.
Imagine this: he looked at her, she looked at him. They both knew that the perfect ending to the perfect evening would be the perfect kiss. He looked into her eyes and inched towards her lips. Their lips pursed together — it was perfect, until they tried to pull apart. They were stuck. His popped bracket had locked with her wire and they couldn't move away from each other.
Is it really possible to lock lips, literally? Well, you can all breathe a little easier now. Locking braces is extremely rare.
Did You Know? With over 30 years experience, one orthodontist says he's never seen braces get tangled while kissing.
That does not mean to say that it'll never happen. Braces have been known to pop when force is involved, a bracket can moved out of place, or a wire can break and come loose. The brace malfunction can be very uncomfortable for you and for the person you are kissing. If the person you are kissing also wears braces, then a poking wire or a loose bracket could result in your braces tangling.
If this situation does occur, stay calm. Do not try and tug away from each other, as this might cause more damage. Stay close and slowly attempt to untangle yourselves. If there is a way into the situation, there has to be a way out. Find the site at which the braces are linked, then slowly attempt to untangle yourselves. If this fails, then you will have to make a call and get someone to help you detach from each other. It is a little embarrassing, but it beats being permanently stuck.
Once you both have been pulled apart, be sure to go and see your orthodontist, since the brackets and the displaced wires need to be put back into place. One day you'll be able to look back at the incident and laugh. I promise.
Those of you that think that kissing is the furthest thing from your mind, because with all that metal on your teeth you'll be lucky to even get a date in the next two years, you may be interested to know that braces nowadays are much less noticeable!
Did You Know? Braces can be clear and fit like a mouth guard (Invisalign). Braces can also be made to be the same colour as your teeth and or even fit behind your teeth.
Now consider this: celebrities like Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, Pink and even Cameron Diaz all wore braces. In some countries braces have become such a huge fashion trend that in Thailand authorities considered punishing seekers of fake braces with a fine of $1300.00!
This answer was researched and written by Zahra Hassanali. Zahra is a Masters student at the University of Alberta, who has always loved writing and science. She hopes someday to be able to combine her two passions to increase public awareness about the amazing things going on in the science world.