The 5 Common Myths About Braces

Anyone with braces has probably heard these words before: “I am so sorry you have to wear braces…aren’t they expensive? Don’t they hurt? Were your teeth really that bad?” There are a lot of common myths when it comes to braces, from cost, to comfort, to aesthetic purposes, and more. Our team of orthodontic professionals want to help you better understand the five most common myths behind braces and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Braces Are Expensive

Despite the misconception that all orthodontic treatment plans are relatively the same, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each individual patient’s treatment plan is different and complex. While some plans take years, others can take a few months. This will truly depend on each individual patient case. In addition, most orthodontists provide flexible payment plans. Insurance coverage can also help with the overall expense too. Bottom line: treatment can be well worth your time and money. We’d be happy to speak with you about your budget and what our team can do to help!

Myth 2: Braces Hurt

This statement can be true at times. However, braces aren’t uncomfortable all the time. Yes, sometimes braces can cause discomfort to your gums and teeth. The pain you may feel usually is your mouth adjusting to the new appliance. Oftentimes, this only occurs when you initially get your braces on or have them adjusted. If you have any pain or sores in your mouth from braces, the first thing you should do is contact your orthodontist so they can adjust or offer tips to better fit your comfort level.

Myth #3: Braces Are Only For Aesthetic Purposes

A vast majority of people decide to get braces to improve their smile and/or appearance, but there is a lot more to undergoing orthodontic treatment than just aesthetics! Not only do braces improve your appearance, but they can also improve your teeth and jaw alignment, as well as daily functions including biting, chewing, and speaking.

Myth #4: Anyone Who Provides Braces Is An Orthodontist

While this should be true, unfortunately, it’s not. Some dentists and online companies provide braces and aligners, but only trained orthodontists with proper schooling should be applying braces on patients. Make sure to choose your practitioner carefully, and select an accredited orthodontist. Read hereto understand more about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist.

Myth #5: Braces Are for Kids

Even though you normally see children or teenagers with braces, it’s completely normal for adults to receive orthodontic treatment as well. In fact, “in 2014, close to 1.5 million adults were treated by AAO orthodontists.” Regardless of age, almost anyone is eligible to get braces. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontics blog, it’s never too late to get braces.

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If you’re wondering how braces or Invisalign could benefit your oral health, please fill out our contact formto schedule a free consultation! If you have immediate questions or inquiries, call or text us at (705) 435-1315. New patients are always welcome! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!