Braces have been around for a very long time, helping countless people achieve happier, healthier smiles. Unfortunately, like anything that’s been around for a while, braces have picked up a few myths and falsehoods along the way. This often results in people hesitating to get the orthodontic treatment they need.
We encounter plenty of misinformation when people visit our office for the first time. Today, we’d like to address a few of the more common misunderstandings we hear regarding orthodontics.
Braces are Only for Making Your Teeth Look Better
There’s no question that braces improve the appearance of your teeth, but that’s far from the only thing they do. By straightening your teeth, braces can correct bite issues, reduce wear, stop teeth grinding (bruxism), reduce bad breath (halitosis), help with TMJ, and more. Orthodontic treatment also improves self-confidence and typically results in people smiling more.
Smiling, in turn, is scientifically proven to make you feel happier and cause others around you to smile as well.
Braces Hurt All the Time
The idea of having metal brackets in your mouth might sound uncomfortable, but that’s really not the case. Yes, there will likely be some minor agitation when you first get your braces. Your mouth will need a little time to adjust. In the meantime, your gums and lips may feel a little agitated.
However, you shouldn’t expect to be in constant pain and unrest. Soon, your mouth will be adjusted to the presence of braces, and you’ll forget they’re even there.
Braces Significantly Affect Your Day-to-Day Life
Unlike Invisalign trays, which have to be taken out every time you eat or drink something that isn’t water, braces stay in all the time. This allows you to live your life without having to worry about them. Yes, there are a few foods you’ll need to avoid like popcorn, sticky candy, and hard taco shells, but that still leaves plenty of things to enjoy.
Your Teeth Can’t Become Misaligned After Braces
Braces provide lifelong benefits…as long as you follow the instructions of your orthodontist. One of the most critical things you need to do after finishing your orthodontic treatment is to wear your retainer. This prevents your teeth from shifting back to their previously misaligned positions.
Don’t worry, removable retainers are comfortable and largely unnoticeable, and they don’t have to be worn all of the time. In some cases, you may be fitted with a permanent retainer. This will go behind your teeth, and no one will even know it’s there.
Braces are for Kids
Braces are often associated with adolescents. While it is true that many people receive orthodontic treatment during their early-to-mid teens, braces remain a valid option for adults as well. In fact, having braces as an adult is becoming more and more common.
You Need to Visit a Dentist First
Dentists often recommend patients to orthodontists, but this is not a requirement. If you’re looking to improve your teeth alignment, or you’re dealing with issues such as teeth grinding, you can go ahead and visit an orthodontist directly. They’ll be able to examine your teeth and explain your available options.
If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Springfield, Bellefontaine, or Beavercreek, Ohio, contact Dhingra Orthodontics today.