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Orthodontic patient resources

Choose 3M's state-of-the-art dental braces to make sure you can smile with confidence wherever you go. 


Metal vs Clear

Change your smile without changing your lifestyle. Give yourself the freedom to enjoy the little things while straightening.

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True or false about braces

Only kids wear braces.

Only kids wear braces.

FALSE

Braces can correct your teeth at any age. Studies show that 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult!

If I wear braces, I can’t play sports.

If I wear braces, I can’t play sports.

FALSE

Braces are comfortable and won't stop you from doing the things you love, including playing sports. Your Dentist or Orthodontist may tell you to protect your teeth with a mouth guard.


I will be able to play an instrument while wearing braces.

I will be able to play an instrument while wearing braces.

TRUE

You can still play instruments with 3M Clarity Braces. Your Orthodontist might suggest a lip protector or mouth guard, which can be made specifically for playing wind instruments.

Braces hurt all the time.

Braces hurt all the time.

FALSE

Your teeth and gums will probably feel a bit tender for about a week after you have your braces put on, but after that, you will probably forget they are there!


Braces will cut my cheeks and gums.

Braces will cut my cheeks and gums.

FALSE

3M™ Clarity™ Braces are comfortable, small and smooth so they won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.

I can eat my favourite foods if I have braces.

I can eat my favourite foods if I have braces.

TRUE

While you have braces, you may want to stick to foods that are softer, and avoid foods that are sticky, crunchy, hard or chewy. But that means that you can still eat pizza, ice cream, mac & cheese, and many other favourites!


Braces will look really obvious.

Braces will look really obvious.

FALSE

3M Clarity Braces are made to be nearly invisible – we’ve come a long way from the traditional metal braces. You can even choose to accessorize your 3M Clarity Braces with coloured elastics to customize your look!

Braces are not just for cosmetic or vanity reasons.

Braces are not just for cosmetic or vanity reasons.

TRUE

Braces can improve the overall health of your mouth and prevent serious infection down the line. Crowded or uneven teeth can also affect your ability to chew, cut your gums or cheeks, cause jaw pain, headaches and muscular tension, while also impacting your confidence.


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