Many people who could benefit from braces don’t get them because they’re worried about the pain involved, or think that braces won’t help them after a certain age.
These misconceptions can cause a lot of harm, since braces are a helpful tool for aligning the teeth correctly. Here are some common myths about braces, along with why you shouldn’t believe them.
Braces are only for children and teenagers
A few decades ago, next to no adults wore braces. This is largely because while previous generations were concerned about tooth survival, adults today are concerned about tooth health.
Many adults use braces now, as more of them learn about the benefits —such as how they fix crossbites.
It takes far longer to fix adults’ teeth than children’s
This one is true—but not entirely. While it does take longer to fix adults’ teeth using braces, it doesn’t take as long as you might think. On average, children’s and teenagers’ braces need to be worn for around two years. Adults may need to keep them on for another year.
However, there are many different kinds of braces available, and the time it takes for your teeth to be corrected depends on the braces you use. Your dentist will give you options according to the structural issues you want corrected.
Braces have a bad aesthetic
Many people don’t get braces because they don’t want to have a “mouth full of metal.” This blanket statement doesn’t take the different varieties of braces into account:
- Metal braces make use of gentle pressure to align teeth over time. They can take between one and a half year to three years.
- Ceramic braces are made to match the color of your teeth, so they’re not as visible as metal braces are. However, they are more expensive.
- Clear aligners can fit over the teeth. They can be removed when you need to brush your teeth or eat food. While they’re certainly less visible and much more convenient than, they don’t apply the same kind of pressure, so they’re not as effective for closing big gaps.
- Fastbraces®have been proven to lead to faster results than regular braces and therefore require the wearer to make use of them for a shorter period. They’re also more affordable for this reason.
Braces are painful
Braces can cause some discomfort initially, but they’re not painful in the long run. Braces use gentle pressure to align your teeth, and it can take some time to get used to it. When your orthodontist first puts the braces on your teeth, it can cause some soreness in the gums and teeth, but this discomfort will last a week or less.
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