According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, approximately 20% of the population has less than an ideal bite, and many in this group could benefit from orthodontic treatment to improve their teeth. Those considering metal braces or other corrective measures need to understand how these devices work to enhance and perfect one’s smile. However, it is also important to get the real answers regarding some of the biggest myths associated with different types of braces.
MYTH 1: They Negatively Affect Your Smile’s Appearance
Modern braces come in a variety of types, some of which are nearly or completely invisible. Ceramic braces are hardly noticeable because they match the color of natural teeth. Lingual types are essentially invisible because of the way they are attached behind and not in front of the teeth. Invisalign aligners use clear aligners instead of metal braces, but they still correct dental abnormalities in the same manner as braces, and as implied by the name, they are virtually invisible. Even conventional metal braces can be a true fashion statement that reflects one’s unique personality and style with the array of colorful bands and brackets that are offered.
MYTH 2: Braces Must Be Painful to Be Effective
Any minor discomfort that may occur initially when one’s braces are applied can be treated effectively with OTC pain relievers and will soon disappear as you become accustomed to wearing and living life with braces. Any subsequent discomfort that is related to a specific problem, such as a loose or poking wire, can easily be corrected with one quick trip to visit your orthodontist.
MYTH 3: Braces Are For Children
Dental problems can (and should) be corrected at any age to enjoy a healthy, confident smile that lasts a lifetime, which is why braces are becoming increasingly popular among adults. One study by Healthline showed that about a quarter of the Americans wearing braces were at least 18 years old when they got them, and that number is only increasing! As mentioned earlier, there are a wide variety of types of braces available with differing levels of subtlety, meaning that there is an effective smile perfecting solution available for every person’s preferences and lifestyle- simply talk to your orthodontist about what option would be the best fit for you!
MYTH 4: Braces Limit Your Activities
Those wearing braces should avoid sticky/overly hard foods, but they can generally eat anything else. Wearers who participate in rigorous athletic activities should consider using a mouthguard to protect their braces. Other than that, your lifestyle can remain completely the same as it was before you got braces!
MYTH 5: The Only Purpose Of Braces Is To Straighten Teeth
In addition to their ability to straighten one’s smile, braces are also very effective in dealing with misaligned jaws and can help reduce future dental problems. This is because crowded or crooked teeth are difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to decay. Metal braces and other corrective devices can benefit your teeth long after they are removed from your mouth.
Considering Orthodontic Treatment?
An orthodontist is a highly trained specialist in the art of correcting tooth and jaw abnormalities. Our amazing orthodontist, Dr. Jared Little, can help you understand what can and should be done to address your unique smile needs. He can also help you decide what type of device, from different types of metal braces to Invisalign aligners, will be the best fit for your specific preferences and smile.. If you’re ready to transform your smile, give us a call at 980.243.8030 today to get your FREE Smile Consult with Dr. Little on the books!