In our second installment of orthodontic myth busting, we’re going to tackle five more untruths about having braces. If you missed the first five, you can find them here.
- Braces only make your smile look better. Many people believe straightening your teeth is strictly cosmetic, but it isn’t. Having teeth or jaws that don’t align correctly can cause several issues, including jaw pain, headaches, and uneven wearing on your teeth. Having a spectacular smile when you get your braces off is just one of the many benefits.
- Braces really hurt the whole time you have them. Orthodontic offices are not torture chambers, and orthodontists and their staff are there to help you, not hurt you. Yes, you will have some discomfort when you first have your braces put on, and occasionally throughout your treatment when you get your braces adjusted, but for the majority of the time, you will not have any pain. If you do, you should go see your orthodontist so they can make sure there is nothing wrong. They don’t want you to be in pain any more than you do.
- I’ll talk funny if I get braces. This is similar to the “braces hurt” myth. When you first get your braces, it may take you a few days to get used to them, but you’ll be talking normally before you know it. You will also be able to play any instrument from the flute to the tuba just as you did before braces. You can even continue to be involved in sports (with proper protection for your teeth, of course, such as a mouth guard).
- Braces will set off the metal detector at the airport. This, and many other myths about what the metal in your braces might do, is completely untrue. The material used in braces will not set off metal detectors, interfere with radio signals, increase your chances of being struck by lightning, or allow you to download songs onto your iPhone (although the last one might be a nice perk.)
- My teeth will straighten out by themselves as I get older. Actually, the opposite of this is true. As we get older, our teeth tend to naturally move forward toward the front of our mouths and crowd up. That is why it is very important to continue to wear your retainer after you have braces. It’s also why if your front teeth are crowded when you are young, they are likely to get more crowded instead of less crowded as you age.
Feeling more informed about braces? Want to learn more? Watch for our third myth busting installment and call us at (843) 4-BRACES if you have any questions or concerns about getting braces.