5 Top Myths About Braces

August 20, 2013

There are some things about Middle School that stick with you for life—your first game of spin the bottle, your first locker and of course the stigma of “brace face.” If you escaped the clutches of braces as a teen, the last thing you probably want to do is sign up for it as an adult. Maybe that Sex and the City episode when Miranda got braces was funny to watch, but you certainly don’t want to be in her shoes (of course, Carrie’s shoes would be perfectly fine).

Surprise—there are actually quite a few myths about braces that aren’t true, or at least aren’t true anymore. Advancements in orthodontics have made straightening crooked teeth easier, more affordable and completely not embarrassing. Still not convinced? Take a look at these top brace myths debunked.

I’ll More Likely Get Struck by Lightning

This is one of those myths that you may have heard about, but you’re too embarrassed to ask for clarification from your dentist. Invisalign is always an option for undercover teeth straightening, but even if you opt for metal braces there’s no increased risk of getting struck by lightning. You still have a one in 700,000 chance of getting struck by lightning just like everyone else—in other words, you still have the same chance of winning the lottery (pretty much zero).

Braces Hurt

If you opt for traditional metal braces, you might have some discomfort for a day or two after having them put on. If you get Invisalign, there won’t be any pain at all since it’s similar to wearing a very thin retainer. A simple aspirin before getting braces put on or tightened should be enough to ease any discomfort.

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I’ll Always Have Food Stuck in My Teeth

This is one myth that doesn’t have to be true—but there is a risk. You might need to change or improve your oral hygiene habits with metal braces, but food is relatively easy to remove from them. However, with Invisalign, you actually have less chance of food getting stuck in your teeth than if you didn’t have any corrective device in your mouth at all. No matter what, it’s always a good idea to check your smile and brush after every meal.

Proper Brushing Will Be Impossible

Almost everyone can do a better job at brushing and flossing. With metal braces, your orthodontist will teach you the best way to brush, and there are ways to floss even with braces. If you have Invisalign, you can remove the device for brushing and flossing. Basically, your dental hygiene depends wholly on your own commitment, regardless of any tooth straightening devices.

Braces Take Forever to Work

Remember how time moved much slower when you were a kid? Some teens just feel like they’re wearing braces forever. As an adult, it’s good to know that the average person wears braces or Invisalign for 18-30 months, but it all depends on your unique circumstances.

Are you finally ready to get straight teeth, close that gap or get a healthier bite and smile? Brace yourself—it’s a lot easier than you think.

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