Do you or a family member need braces? If so, you’ve probably heard all sorts of horror stories about braces. People seem to love to share their tales of woe, making you terrified of the prospect of getting braces. This might cause you to delay your ortho exam appointment. But don’t worry – we’re here to debunk some of the most common myths about braces.
Myth #1: They’re Painful
This is simply not true. In fact, many people report that they hardly notice their braces once they get used to them. And if you do experience any discomfort, it is usually only for the first few days as your teeth and mouth adjust to the new hardware.
The reason people think they’re painful is that they see pictures of people with their mouths all full of metal. But today, there are so many different types of braces, including ceramic braces, incognito braces, traditional braces, and even invisible aligners. You and your orthodontist can find the perfect type of braces for your needs, ensuring that you’re as comfortable as possible.
Myth #2: You Can’t Eat Anything With Braces
Again, this is not true. You can eat pretty much anything you want – you just need to be a little more careful about how you do it. For example, if you have metal braces, avoid crunchy or sticky foods that could get stuck in the brackets and wires. And always brush your teeth after eating.
However, if you opt for removable clear aligners (like Invisalign), you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth as usual. Just make sure you have them on for the recommended 22 hours per day to avoid delaying your treatment.
Myth #3: You Have to Wear Them for Years
This one really depends on your individual case. Most people need braces for between 12 and 18 months, but it could be shorter or longer depending on the severity of your misalignment. During your orthodontic exam, you may always inquire about this.
Bonus Myth: Braces Ruin Your Teeth
This is one of the most common myths about braces, and it’s simply not true. In fact, braces often improve your teeth by correcting alignment issues. And once your treatment is complete, you’ll definitely have straighter, healthier teeth than before.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 4 million people in the United States now have braces. So, if you’re considering braces, don’t let these myths hold you back. Talk to your orthodontist about the best treatment options for you, and get on the path to a straighter, healthier smile! Ready to set up your free orthodontic exam? Call us today!