Getting braces is a big deal whether you’re a tween or in your 40s and finally took the step to straighten those teeth or address that alignment issue. However, there are many myths about braces floating around that are either extremely outdated or have never been true. It is important to separate fact from fiction, especially when it comes to your health. Oral health impacts almost every other system in the body, and braces aren’t always (or solely) for cosmetic reasons. Whether you need braces for better oral health or you want them for a perfect smile, here’s what you need to know:
1. They’re uncomfortable
If you remember your friends complaining about how tight and uncomfortable their braces were after a dental appointment, that was due to old practices and equipment. Many orthodontic patients today don’t have to see a dentist more than two or three times per year. The technology is also contemporary, which makes wearing braces much more comfortable than it used to be.
2. They take forever to work
It completely depends on your goals and the current state of your mouth when determining how long a person has to wear braces. Everyone is different. It can take years for some people, as it can also be a quick ordeal for others, such as TV host Holly Willoughby who only wore braces for two months. Your orthodontist will tell you the timeline well before braces are put on your teeth.
3. They’re expensive
Paying out of pocket can be expensive, but many dental plans cover orthodontics. Check with your insurance policy before pursuing any treatment. Also, many dental offices offer financing or payment plans. Cost should not be a barrier or excuse for anyone to miss out on getting braces. Choose a dental office that will work with you and your financial situation.
4. They’re for geeks
Well, maybe. However, many people consider braces a key accessory in the geek chic movement, right alongside black rimmed glasses. Braces are no longer a fashion reserved only for a certain demographic. More and more adults are getting braces, too. However, for those who really don’t like the look, Invisalign is another option. This is a series of clear aligners that you can remove for eating.
There is no age maximum for braces, but the earlier a dental issue is corrected the better off patients will be. Straightening your teeth can be done in a few different ways, so talk to your orthodontist about options.