You may have heard all kinds of orthodontic myths — from horror stories about pain to misconceptions about age limitations. But these myths can stop you from seeking the treatment you need.
In this post, we’ll debunk some of the most common orthodontic myths, so you have the info you need to make the best decision about your dental health.
Myth 1: Braces are Just for Looks
Fact: Sure, braces can make your smile look amazing, but they do more than that! They can fix bite issues, help with speech, make chewing easier, and more. It’s not all about the selfie (though that’s a nice bonus!).
Myth 2: Braces are Just for Kids and Teenagers
Fact: Not true! Braces aren’t just for the school crowd. Adults get them, too, and for good reasons. In fact, more adults are now opting for braces or aligners — it’s never too late to get that dream smile!
Myth 3: Braces Hurt… A Lot
Fact: You might feel a bit of discomfort when you first get them or after adjustments, but it’s not that bad. Think of it as a little tightness. It’ll pass, and there are easy ways to manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax.
Myth 4: Sports + Braces = No Go
Fact: While you might need to take some precautions, having braces doesn’t sideline you from your favorite activities. Just wear a mouthguard, especially one made for braces, and you’re good to go. Game on!
Myth 5: Braces Take Forever to Work
Fact: How long your orthodontic treatment takes depends on what you need to be done. However, with advancements in orthodontic treatment, many patients find it takes a much shorter time than they originally thought.
Myth 6: Orthodontic Treatment is Too Expensive
Fact: Braces are an investment, of course. But we believe financial considerations should never be an obstacle to getting a healthy, beautiful smile. We offer affordable monthly payment plans with no interest, and anyone can start treatment with a small down payment.
Myth 7: Once Braces are Off, Treatment is Done
Fact: Achieving that perfect smile is only half the battle. Post-treatment care, especially wearing retainers as prescribed, is vital. Retainers help maintain the new position of your teeth so they don’t revert to their original placement.
Myth 8: All Orthodontic Treatments are the Same
Fact: Orthodontic care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We meticulously tailor treatments to address each patient’s unique needs. From traditional metal braces to Invisalign, there’s a solution for every concern and preference.
Myth 9: DIY Orthodontics are Just as Effective
Fact: DIY might be great for crafts — but not for braces! Doing it yourself can lead to severe dental complications. Professional treatment ensures that the movement of your teeth is safe, controlled, and effective.
Myth 10: Orthodontists and Dentists are the Same
Fact: All orthodontists are dentists, but all dentists are not orthodontists. To become an orthodontist, a dentist must attend two to three more years of school and complete a residency. This equips them with the expertise to diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. Plus, our orthodontist, Dr. Taylor, is board-certified. Board certification is the highest level of achievement that an orthodontist can get and requires a mastery level of competence.
Orthodontic Myths — Busted!
There you have it: 10 orthodontic myths busted! But of course, the best way to find out if orthodontics is right for you is to schedule a free consultation.
We will take the time and care to see if orthodontics can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
Your first appointment is always free and includes an exam, including x-rays. Our state-of-the-art facility is up to date on all the latest technology, so you can feel confident that you are getting the very best care.
Our staff is both professional and fun, and we strive to make your experience smooth and enjoyable!
Call us at 956.630.6166, or complete the form below.