Myths About Braces

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Is the Information You Know on Braces True?

There are a lot of myths and rumors about braces that you might hear before getting your braces put on. You may have fears that you can’t eat your favorite foods or that you will set off the metal detectors at the airport.

Regardless of what may be circulating around, we are here to set the record straight. Here are some of the most common myths about braces and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Braces are Painful

When you first get your braces put on or have them adjusted, you may experience some discomfort. However, braces themselves are not painful! Before your initial appointment and any consecutive appointments, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers to prevent any soreness or sensitivity.

If you experience a wire poking you or a broken bracket, your orthodontist will provide orthodontist wax to reduce any irritation inside your mouth.

Myth #2: My Teeth Will Be Straight Forever

The answer is not what you might think. While orthodontic treatment aims to straighten your smile and adjust the alignment of your jaws, your teeth can shift back to their original position.

Once your braces come off, you will be fit for a custom-made retainer. Retainers are made to help your teeth ‘retain’ their new position. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on how and when to wear your retainer to keep your smile shining bright.

Myth #3: Braces are Only For Children

Orthodontic treatment is for everyone! In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Not aligning your teeth or jaws can lead to further tooth decay, gum disease, and even difficulty chewing. You deserve a healthy, straight smile no matter how old you are.

Myth #4: Orthodontic Treatment is Only Cosmetic

While many people seek orthodontic treatment to straighten their smile and increase their confidence, there are various reasons someone may need to see an orthodontist.

Although sleep apnea is considered a sleeping disorder, one of its main causes is misaligned teeth. Additionally, misaligned teeth can also lead to a lisp or speech impediment. Orthodontic treatment is also used to treat a misaligned jaw which can lead to a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Myth #5: I Can’t Eat My Favorite Foods

Don’t be silly! You can still eat your favorite foods; you may just have to eat them carefully. Instead of biting into an apple, try cutting it up into smaller pieces to avoid breaking your brackets. You also can remove the meat off the bone to chew smaller portions and not damage your braces.

Try to avoid sticky and crunchy foods like taffy or lollipops, and do not chew on ice cubes or gum. These foods specifically can damage your braces and cause you to have to schedule an emergency appointment. Remember that braces are sensitive, so you should treat them with extra care.

Myth #6: Children Shouldn’t See an Orthodontist Until They Have All of Their Adult Teeth

Truthfully, according to the AAO, children should see a dentist at the age of 7. Your child should have enough adult teeth for an orthodontist to do an oral exam and spot any issues by this age. This also allows them to determine if any early intervention will be necessary. Specifically, pediatric orthodontists go through additional years of post-orthodontic school to become trained in subjects such as child psychology to provide a friendly, caring environment.

Myth #7: I Can Skip My Follow-Up Appointments

This is the most false of them all! Follow-up appointments are a vital component of the orthodontic care process, and skipping them will only extend the length of their treatment. While the orthodontist uses these appointments to check the progress of your treatment and the health of your teeth, they also may need to make adjustments to ensure successful results.

Treatment Designed for You

At LVL Orthodontics we aim to provide personal attention, first-class treatment, and exceptional care. If you or your child are ready to explore your options to achieve a smile you love, call us at (469) 455-1355.

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