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DonnaB
5.8.09, 5:22 PM
While working with the American Association of Orthodontists (http://braces.org), I’ve heard a lot of rumors about braces… so I thought it was about time to spread the tooth – I mean, the truth, :) about popular braces myths!

Myth: If I kiss someone who has braces, will we get stuck together?
It’s almost impossible to lock braces while kissing. Also, braces are not magnetic—that attraction you feel is pure chemistry!

Myth: Traveling will be a pain—I’ll set off metal detectors at the airport.
Not true! The materials used in braces are so lightweight, they don’t affect detectors.

Myth: Statistically, braces will increase my chance of being struck by lightning.
Whether or not you wear braces, the chance of getting struck by lightning is the same. (If you’re curious, nationalgeographic.com (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/) reports your chances are one in 700,000 in any given year in the U.S.)

Anyone else know of other dental legends or jaw-dropping facts? – How about any famous braces wearers (celebrities can’t all be born with perfect teeth!)?

DonnaB
5.12.09, 8:05 PM
Check out these famous faces and their braces transformations! These celebrities can all thank an orthodontist for their red-carpet smiles that will last a lifetime (better yet, maybe win an Oscar or two!)

Dakota Fanning> (Coraline, I Am Sam, The Secret Life of Bees)
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss294/americanpop/DakotaFanning-1.jpg

Joan Cusack (Sixteen Candles, High Fidelity, Say Anything…)
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss294/americanpop/JoanCusak-1.jpg

Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs, Contact, The Brave One)
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss294/americanpop/JodiFoster-1.jpg

Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Sleepy Hollow, Pumpkin, Penelope)
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss294/americanpop/ChristinaRicci-1.jpg

Let me know who you think had the most dramatic transformation by posting a comment- or post a pic of other former braceface celebrities you know of! :)

You can also check out some other amazing braces transformations, or find an orthodontist near you at the AAO’s website: http://braces.org (http://braces.org)