December 17, 2018

Top Four Myths About Orthodontics

Do you – or your child – need orthodontic treatment but you’re nervous? There are a lot of myths floating around about orthodontics.

A lot of these myths are common because treatment has changed so much in the last several decades. If you had braces as a teen, your child’s experience of teeth straightening will be much, much different!

There are more options than ever and technology has come a long way. Take a look at these top four myths and the real truth behind them!


Myth #1: Braces Hurt a Lot!

We’re not going to lie to you – there will always be a some discomfort when it comes to moving teeth into the right position. However, the aching pain you might remember – or have heard about – isn’t a given anymore.

Creating braces has gotten a lot easier with current technology, with digital x-rays and digital scans allowing us to get the perfect fit right away. If you do need wire braces, nickel or copper-titanium wires adjust and tighten more naturally. That means fewer adjustment appointments!


Myth #2: You Have to Give Up Favorite Foods

No more of your favorite sweets or popcorn – for YEARS! That’s what many people think that braces mean.

We have great news! With the new types of braces that are coming out, you have a lot of options that don’t require that. If you need wire braces, you will have to avoid certain food. But there are so many other types!

Many problems can be resolved with Invisalign clear plastic aligners, which can be removed before eating. Even ceramic braces, which are less visible, and lingual braces on the back of your teeth will allow you more freedom when you eat.

Talk to your orthodontist to determine which style of orthodontics is best for your situation!


Myth #3: Your Teeth Are Set for Life After Braces

Braces make a huge difference in getting you the confident smile that you’re looking for. But even once your orthodontics are finished, you need to maintain that alignment.

Don’t worry! That doesn’t mean getting braces again years down the road. However, wearing a retainer at night can be vital to making sure you keep the straight, beautiful smile you’ve worked so hard for.


Myth #4: Crooked Teeth Don’t Really Matter

Because many patients are nervous about the price of orthodontics, or about the process of getting teeth adjusted, some decide to skip the treatment they need.

They tell themselves that crooked teeth aren’t that important, that’s it just aesthetic. But in reality, crooked teeth are a very real health issue.

When your teeth aren’t aligned, it’s easier for food to get stuck between them and for bacteria to grow in those areas. That can cause cavities and even gum disease. And problems in your dental health affect the health of your whole body!

Also, having crooked teeth can impact your confidence, which affects your career path, love life, and much more.


Get the Orthodontics You Need Today

Straightening your teeth can be easier than you ever imagined, especially with the advances in technology orthodontics has experienced.

From Invisalign to ceramic and traditional wire braces, you have a lot of options. Don’t wait another week, month, or year – contact us today to get an assessment and move forward toward a healthier and more confident future!

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