It may sound silly, but “can you kiss someone with braces” is a common question. And what better time to discuss this than right before Valentine’s day?!
We have good news for anyone who’s concerned about kissing someone with braces. Yes, you can kiss your Valentine whether you’re wearing braces, he or she is wearing braces, or you’re both wearing braces.
The idea that you can’t kiss while wearing braces is a common myth! We know you’ve seen this situation in plenty of shows and cartoons, but fortunately, getting your braces locked together when kissing is nearly impossible. You don’t have to fear this awkward situation happening in real life. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Braces brackets are too small and sleek to get stuck together.
You’d have to force two brackets to get stuck together! And typically when kissing, you don’t rub your teeth together. (But hey, if you do, we don’t judge. It may be best to save that for when your orthodontic treatment is over, though.)
Today, braces have a more discreet design than ever before. We offer self-ligating, high-grade braces—and this option uses some of the most technologically advanced brackets on the market. These brackets have a smaller design, made for greater comfort, which reduces your chances of locking brackets with another person even more!
2. Braces aren’t magnetic!
Many people think braces magnetic, but this isn’t the case. They aren’t even slightly magnetic, so you don't have to worry about your braces magnetizing your date’s braces. (Think about it, if braces were magnetic, you’d encounter quite a few problems in your day.)
3. Still worried? Use some dental wax!
Don’t let the fear of your braces locking together stop you from enjoying your Valentine’s Day. If you’re still worried about kissing your date with braces, you can place some dental wax (also called orthodontic wax) on your brackets. This wax is designed to protect your cheeks and gums from irritation caused by metal brackets or loose wires. Wax can alleviate any lingering fears you have of your brackets rubbing against your date’s teeth or getting hooked on their braces.
4. Pro tip: Prioritize your oral hygiene routine!
Your braces may not be magnetic toward other metals, but you could say they’re fairly magnetic when it comes to food. Food particles may get stuck in your brackets and wires throughout the day if you're not brushing your teeth after each meal. If you allow these particles to build up, they can quickly lead to bad breath—the last thing you want during Valentine’s Day.
You should always keep your braces clean, but it might be a good idea to give your teeth a little extra attention before your Valentine’s Day date. Give your teeth a good brushing, floss between each one, and gargle some antiseptic mouthwash to keep your breath fresh and your braces debris-free.
So, can you kiss someone with braces? The verdict is in. Yes, you can still kiss with braces. Use some of your own discretion when determining whether you’re ready to kiss your Valentine. You don’t have to worry about your braces getting stock on your date’s braces, but if applying some dental wax makes you feel more at ease—go for it!
You don’t have to kiss anyone until you’re comfortable with your braces and with your date. But when the time comes, your orthodontic treatment shouldn’t stop you from showing a little affection.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Just for Grins team! If you aren’t currently undergoing treatment, but you want a new smile for next year’s Valentine’s Day, let’s get started with your complimentary exam.