Braces are a common sight around us, and for good reason. They can help improve the appearance of teeth and correct many dental problems. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about braces that the specialists at Innovative Orthodontics would like to debunk. By discussing 10 of the most common myths about braces, we hope to help you make an informed decision about whether they are right for you or your child!
1. It takes years to see results.
When it comes to braces, there is no standardized timeline—everyone will have a different timeline based on their oral concerns. Most braces are able to quickly and effectively straighten teeth in about 6-24 months, depending on the complexity of the case. Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton also offer a range of braces that can help you achieve your desired results within a shorter time frame.
2. I can’t afford braces. They’re too expensive.
The cost of braces can vary, but it’s important to remember that braces are an investment in your health and well-being. At Innovative Orthodontics, we offer financing options and payment plans so that you can receive the care you need without causing you financial stress.
3. I’m too old! Braces are only for kids.
Braces can be used to correct dental problems at any age, so it’s never too late to get braces! At Innovative Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of braces options for adults that are aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to wear. Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton can help you find the right braces for your age-specific needs.
4. Braces hurt.
The truth is that braces may feel uncomfortable at first, but this discomfort should pass within a few days. The braces are designed to be comfortable, and most people don’t experience any pain while wearing them. In fact, many patients find that the braces start to feel more comfortable the longer they wear them.
5. Braces weaken teeth and gums.
False! Braces actually help to strengthen your teeth and gums in the long run. Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton design your braces to help reposition your teeth and jaw bones, which eliminates several oral health problems. As long as you brush and floss regularly while wearing braces, you should see a dramatic improvement in your dental health.
6. I can’t play certain sports or instruments with braces.
While braces can make certain activities like playing sports or musical instruments a bit more challenging, they don’t necessarily prevent you from participating. Just remember to use protective gear such as mouthguards while engaging in those activities. Dr. Waters or Dr. Clayton can provide you with a customized mouthguard to make sure that you stay safe during playoffs.
7. Everyone will see my braces. It’s embarrassing.
At Innovative Orthodontics, we offer a variety of braces options that are discrete and aesthetically pleasing. We take pride in helping our patients achieve beautiful smiles without compromising their comfort or confidence.
8. My braces will rust over time.
Braces are made of metal, but that doesn’t mean they will rust! In fact, braces are designed to be long-lasting and durable, so you don’t have to worry about your braces deteriorating over time. Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton will provide you with an in-depth guide on braces care to ensure that they stay looking fresh until the day they come off!
9. I’ll have to keep changing my wires.
In most cases, your wires don’t need to be changed very often. Aside from your regular wire adjustments, your braces are designed to stay in place until your treatment is complete, which means you won’t have to endure regular wire changes.
10. Braces are only good for straightening my smile.
Braces can do more than just straighten your teeth. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your smile, braces can help correct certain dental problems, such as misaligned bites and overcrowding of teeth.
Get your braces facts from Innovative Orthodontics!
At Innovative Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with all the information they need to make an informed decision about braces. We hope that this blog post has helped to dispel some of the common braces myths and encouraged you to take the next step towards achieving your perfect smile!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about braces, don’t hesitate to contact us at our Savannah, Rincon, or Pooler office today. Dr. Waters and Dr. Clayton are here to help you get the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve.