With the internet, all the information you could ever want is at your fingertips. Unfortunately, misinformation is just as prevalent as ever. In some ways, it’s even more commonplace than it was 15-20 years ago.
As orthodontists and dental professionals, we encounter more than our fair share of misinformation. A lot of people have the wrong idea about braces. Today, we thought we’d set the record straight on a few items.
Braces are Only for Alignment Issues
While it’s true the most common use for braces is to straighten misaligned teeth, it’s not the only purpose. In addition to straightening your teeth, braces can correct overbites and underbites, stop teeth grinding, prevent excessive teeth wear, and more.
In other words, there are many great things that braces do. As an added bonus, many people find themselves smiling a lot more once they’ve gone through having braces. With those beautifully aligned teeth, it’s hard not to.
You Need to Go to a Dentist Before an Orthodontist
Many people are recommended to orthodontists by a dentist, but it’s by no means a requirement. If you want to improve the positioning of your teeth or you’re dealing with teeth grinding, you can contact an orthodontist directly.
They’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action from there.
Braces will Significantly Affect Day-to-Day Life
When you first get braces, it will take a little getting used to. After all, you suddenly have something attached to your teeth that weren’t there before. Also, there will be some foods suggested to avoid in order to prevent broken brackets.
But the idea that braces are a constant problem that prevent you from living a normal life is completely false.
Most people quickly adjust to their braces and forget they’re even there, allowing them to live a perfectly happy life for the remainder of their treatment.
Braces Hurt All the Time
Minor agitation is expected when you first get your braces. Your gums and lips may feel a little tender as your mouth adjusts. Also, as your teeth align, there may be occasional discomfort.
However, you shouldn’t expect to be in constant pain and unrest. As we said above, your mouth will adjust, and you’ll feel just fine soon enough.
Braces Fix Teeth Forever
Though braces can have lifelong benefits, your teeth may not stay automatically aligned by themselves afterwards. Retainers are required for virtually everyone after their braces are removed. In some cases, you may have a permanent retainer put in place to hold your proper alignment. A variety of removable retainers may also be selected.
Don’t worry, these are noninvasive and invisible to anyone around you.
Braces are Just for Kids and Teens
Didn’t have braces when you were younger? You might think it’s too late for you to ever have properly aligned teeth. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Braces, and other clear aligners, like Invisalign, are available to people of all ages.
Don’t let your age hold you back from having the best smile of your life. Schedule an orthodontist appointment today and learn the truth about your options. In need of a Shakopee Orthodontist? Our Prior Lake office is right over the border.
We can’t wait to meet you!