What are the common misconceptions about braces?
- Braces draw too much attention
- Braces are expensive
- Braces are uncomfortable
- Braces stop you from doing some activities
- Braces only straighten your teeth
- Braces take years to produce results
For many people, wearing braces was a part of their dental care growing up. But, many others have grown up without them — and decided to get them later on as adults.
However, the prospect of getting braces can be daunting, especially with all the horror stories surrounding them. But fear not, we’re here to set the record straight. This method of correcting the misalignment of teeth and jaw isn’t as scary as you think!
So, what common misconceptions about braces floating around on the internet have you seen? Read on to see us debunk them!
What Are Braces?
But first, some insight into what this treatment is.
Orthodontic braces are commonly known as dental braces. It is a dental procedure that straightens or moves the teeth to improve how they sit in your mouth, which helps them function as intended.
Braces are the most effective treatment that corrects the misalignment and bite of your teeth and enhances your jaw. Dentists will also use this treatment for varying lengths of time, depending on how out of position your teeth are.
Common Misconceptions About Braces
There are a lot of misconceptions about orthodontic braces that are turn-offs for kids, teenagers, and adults. So, for this part, here are Elevate Dental’s answers to some of the most common ones.
Braces Draw Too Much Attention
One of the common misconceptions about braces is that they stand out. This could be a turn-off for those who feel self-conscious about their teeth and their appearance.
Although traditional braces are indeed more noticeable than other types because of the colorful elastic ligatures around the brackets, the good news is that there are other types of dental braces to choose from—such as Invisalign!
Elevate Dental offers Invisalign which is one of the most recent additions to this treatment option today. Each Invisalign is a clear, custom-made plastic aligner that resembles a mouth guard. Like traditional braces, these are used to gently pull your teeth into the proper position over time.
Your Invisalign is changed every two weeks to enhance the movement of your teeth and doesn’t require a monthly visit to the dentist. It is removable, too!
Braces Are Expensive
In reality, orthodontic braces have no specific price. It varies on the case of your teeth. Also, this treatment does not require a one-time payment.
Therefore, it is untrue that it’s expensive, especially now that there are clinics that offer flexible payment options and complimentary consultations to their patients.
However, you may want to avoid choosing the least expensive option or service, as these may cost you more in the long run.
Braces Are Uncomfortable
If your idea of braces is based on the discomfort your friends in high school went through, we guarantee you that a lot has changed since then!
For one, you may not even opt for traditional braces because there are other types you can choose from.
For another, orthodontic treatment has become advanced over the years to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible.
That’s not to say there isn’t some initial irritation at first, but it goes away pretty quickly!
Braces Stop You From Doing Some Activities
It’s also a common misconception that braces stop you from doing some activities you enjoy. If you’re into sports and want to have braces installed in your teeth, you can still enjoy playing sports. If you play wind instruments, you can still pretty much do it with braces.
Yes, there’s a little bit of adjusting to do, but braces won’t stop you from enjoying activities you love.
Braces Only Straighten Your Teeth
When thinking of braces, most people think of their ability to straighten teeth. However, they can do so much more! They also work to align your jaw and treat tooth decay and crowded teeth.
After the braces have done their work, you’ll be able to get the correct alignment of your jaw, a straight smile, and a better bite, and you’ll be able to get into all the small and difficult-to-reach spaces of your teeth when brushing.
So, while our braces can straighten your teeth, they offer you some other nice benefits as well!
Braces Take Years To Produce Results
Not all dental cases are the same. Therefore, our orthodontic treatment takes only a few months to see the result. However, some instances take much longer due to the need, treatment, and complexity of their cases.
The bottom line here is it’s going to take as long as it takes to make sure that your smile and bite are 100% to get you the confidence you need every step of the way.
In this blog, we’ve just debunked the common misconceptions about braces. If you’re ready for braces, we want you to have a clearer idea of how this treatment works!
We give extra care to our patients and would love for you to become one of them. We have dental branches in Bonifacio Global City and Greenhills. Our dental team is ready to serve people all over those areas! Whether it’s traditional braces or other types of orthodontic treatment, we have a treatment option for you!