If you're deciding whether or not to get braces, there can be a lot to consider. However, you might still have some misconceptions about braces.
You want to be well-informed when it comes to getting braces. Read on for some common misconceptions about braces that set the record straight.
Straight Teeth Are the Only Goal
Braces are a type of orthodontic device used to straighten teeth and improve smiles. But braces do so much more than align your teeth and provide cosmetic benefits.
Other benefits of braces include aligning your bite, correcting jaw malfunctions, and improving the health of your teeth. Straight teeth are easy to clean and care for, whereas crowded teeth trap plaque and bacteria.
A Forever Fix
You might think that getting braces once will fix all of your dental issues. Braces can be a great way to fix many dental problems, but you may also need other dental procedures in addition to braces depending on the severity of your case.
After your treatment with braces, you'll need to wear a retainer for a certain amount of time. The retainer ensures that your teeth do not shift and become crooked again. Don't let all that hard work go to waste!
They're Too Painful
Some people think that braces are too painful and continue to be painful through the duration of the treatments. However, there are different types of braces today that lessen the pain and discomfort you feel.
Adjustments are minor and discomfort shouldn't be felt for a long period of time. Invisible braces put gentle pressure on your teeth to shift them and they're comfortable to wear. Overall, the advancements in dental technology and orthodontics give you more comfortable wear as you continue throughout your treatment with braces.
Braces Are For Kids and Teenagers
It's true that children and teenagers wear braces and catching dental problems early on reduces the risk of more dangerous dental issues. But braces can also be for adults who want to improve their smile!
Talking to your dentist about why you want braces can help your dentist craft the right treatment plan for you. More and more adults are considering and choosing to have braces later in life so they can enjoy and healthy, beautiful smile for many years.
While it's true that you might need to limit certain foods to protect your braces from breaking, you probably don't have to cut out your favourite foods. Especially with removable, invisible braces, you can stick to all of the foods you love during your treatment. If they're hard or crunchy, you may need to adjust or cut them into smaller pieces.
Some of the best foods for braces are soft foods with health benefits like potatoes, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, cooked vegetables, soups, bananas, and yogurt. Just made sure to brush after eating to remove food particles.
No More Misconceptions About Braces
Hopefully shedding light on these misconceptions about braces puts you at ease. Having braces takes commitment, but in the end, you have a smile you can be proud of.
Do you have more questions about getting braces? The staff at Durham Dental Centres are available to help. Contact us today to set up your consultation.