Do Braces count as Plastic Surgery?
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Posted 7/28/08
I was just wondering if they count,because alot of people have them when they don't need them...like me. I used to have them and now they're off,and now I have perfect teeth...feel free to post your opinion!
Posted 7/28/08
My gut feeling says no. I don't think putting braces on requires any cutting into flesh. Unless I am mistaken.
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Posted 7/28/08 , edited 7/28/08
That's a good question....

I guess not PLASTIC surgery, but cosmetic augmentation perhaps. Hm. Never thought about it.

I had braces and they had to burn a hole in my gums to put a bracket on an impacted k9 and drag it down through the flesh. It was gross. I broke my own braces off in civics class with a pen after having them for two years. My teeth are still perfect.
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Posted 7/28/08
Of course not!! it's not classed as surgery. it's basically placing a metal thing on your teeth to line them up. nothing like going under the knife or anything.
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Posted 7/28/08
no, you aren't changing the size of any part of anatomy, you're just re-aligning the teeth. It's also not surgery either
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Posted 7/28/08
i dont think so, plastic surgery has a definition of " changing or enhancing a part of the human anatomy" and i dont think your teeth is aprt of your anatomy, plus its not changing your teeth, its just moving them
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Posted 7/28/08 , edited 7/28/08
Strictly speaking, no. In fact, orthodontistry, in itself, is a completely different practice than plastic surgery, altogether.

And just to clear up your misconceptions, not all plastic surgery is "not necessary". And in most instances, braces "are" necessary to prevent complications in dental formation in the future.





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