Common Myths About Braces

Common Myths About Braces

Aug 07, 2018

Braces are commonly used by individuals to correct and align their teeth. However, many still have concerns over how the new braces might feel like in their mouth. Durrett Orthodontics provides comfortable care for our patients and is eager to put your concerns to rest regarding braces. Continue reading on to learn of ten myths about braces.

  • Braces must hurt to work. Slight discomfort is normal after they are first applied. This is a temporary feeling that won’t last long and is very tolerable.
  • The metal will set off metal detectors. The metal our team uses for braces is a different type than detected in metal detectors.
  • Braces are only for kids and teens. Braces are used to help correct a smile, and this can be done at any age even though they are most commonly used for younger ones.
  • You can’t play your instrument with braces. It may take a small period of time to properly adjust to your new method of playing, however soon you will be playing just like before.
  • Braces permanently straighten your teeth. Unfortunately, braces will not permanently straighten a smile. This means it is important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions with wearing your retainer.
  • The wires on your braces will need constant changing. The wires will only need to be changed a handful of times during the treatment.
  • Only braces can straighten my teeth. There are other methods such as retainers and aligners that can help straighten teeth.
  • You can’t eat normally with braces. While there are a few items to avoid eating, braces shouldn’t interfere with your diet.
  • Braces take years of treatment. Braces are normally used between 6-18 months.
  • Braces can only help people with crooked teeth. Braces can help issues such as overbites, underbites, and missing teeth.