Do you think about starting orthodontic treatment in 2022? Naturally, it’s normal to feel nervous about braces, especially if you have heard some rumors and myths surrounding the treatment process. Don’t worry; we’re here to help set the record straight! Like anything new in life, braces require a period of adjustment, but many of the things you may be worried about are unlikely to occur. Let’s take a look at the ten most common myths about braces, why they’re wrong, and what you can expect from your journey with Szymanowski Orthodontics!
Braces only work for teens
When you hear the term “orthodontics,” do you first think of a teen in a complete set of metal braces? This stereotype has had its fair share of power in pop culture. Many are surprised that orthodontic treatment is beneficial for patients of all ages! There is no age limit on achieving the smile you’ve always wanted, and this can help improve your self-confidence and better your oral health.
Braces will inhibit your ability to play certain instruments
One of the biggest misconceptions about braces is that they will affect your ability to play instruments. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There will be a slight adjustment period when getting started with orthodontic treatment. Still, you nor your child will not have to miss out on any performances and will be able to continue to make beautiful music!
The number of adjustments needed will depend on the type of instrument you play. Typically, brass instruments will require more since players press their lips directly into the mouthpiece. In comparison, woodwind instruments use less direct contact with the mouthpiece, making them slightly easier to adjust.
Braces will severely limit what you can eat
One of the most significant learning curves an orthodontic patient faces is food restrictions. In order to protect your teeth and braces, it’s essential to avoid anything sticky or crunchy throughout your treatment process. This also includes things like popcorn, raw veggies like apples and carrots, and candy with nuts, caramel, or other chewy bits. But remember, this is only temporary and that there are plenty of delicious foods you can still enjoy! While food restrictions are a mild inconvenience, it will be more than worth it when your beautiful new smile is revealed.
Braces have to hurt in order to work
Your braces will not cause any long-term discomfort or pain, so don’t let this myth scare you! This is one of the biggest concerns new patients have about the treatment process, and fortunately, it’s completely unfounded. While there may be some mild discomfort when the braces are first put on, just remember that this is only temporary as your teeth learn to adjust. You may also experience some irritation or soreness following your adjustment appointments. But, this will resolve itself after a short period.
The metal in your braces will set off metal detectors
We hear this mentioned a lot from patients that travel frequently. Going through airport security is stressful enough; you shouldn’t need to worry about setting off the metal detectors! The high-quality metals used to create wires and brackets are not made from the same materials that a metal detector will look for. So rest assured that no one will even notice your braces when traveling where metal detectors are present. Unless, of course, you show them your beautiful smile.
Braces straighten your teeth forever
This one may be more wishful thinking than myth! While braces are an excellent solution for straightening your teeth and correcting your bite, our teeth aren’t fond of being moved from their original positions. This is why it takes a great deal of pressure from aligners or braces to shift them. However, that level of support cannot be maintained indefinitely.
The wires on your braces will require frequent changes
The wires on your braces will need to be changed occasionally, but this won’t happen at every visit. It’s essential to attend regular follow-up visits throughout your treatment process. These visits mainly consist of Dr. Szymanowski checking your teeth movement, ensuring that everything progresses smoothly, and making minor adjustments.
You will use a customized retainer, which will apply more pressure. The retainer itself will apply less pressure than your braces did, but it’s essential for keeping your teeth from shifting back to their original placement. It’s important to give your mouth time to grow the support it needs to keep your teeth in their new places once your braces are removed. This can happen faster than you’d think! In the first year post-treatment, your teeth can start shifting in as little as a few days.
All of that to say, using your retainer regularly will help ensure that your newly straightened teeth are where they need to be. This also allows them to heal fully post-braces and permanently settle into new positions.
Braces will take years to straighten your smile
Your estimated treatment time will depend on several factors as there is no one-size-fits-all answer due to everyone’s smile being unique. It can depend on how your teeth respond to treatment, the desired improvements, the severity of your case, and more. On average, a patient will spend anywhere from 12-36 months in treatment, but this may be longer or shorter for you.
Braces often allow you to see signs of improvement in a short period of time. This glimpse of your new smile will be exciting and an extra boost of encouragement as you continue the process.
Braces are only useful for straightening teeth
Not only are braces good at straightening your teeth, but they can also help resolve other oral health issues. Misaligned jaws and teeth may increase difficulty with everyday tasks like speaking, eating and caring for your teeth. We will be able to address and correct these issues in orthodontic treatment. Braces also have several other hidden benefits, including improved digestion, oral health, chewing, and speech.
Braces are the only option for straightening your teeth
You may be thinking that traditional braces are the most effective way to straighten and correct your smile, but they’re not! Szymanowski Orthodontics offers clear ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners to our patients in Sacramento. Each option can correct a wide variety of issues and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. However, it is essential to remember that what works well for one patient may not be the best fit for another. When you schedule your free consultation with Dr. Szymanowski, he’ll be able to examine your teeth and recommend the option that will work best for your specific needs.
Find your best smile with braces by Szymanowski Orthodontics
We appreciate your trust in our expert team, as choosing braces is a big decision. Our #1 goal is to provide you with a rewarding orthodontic experience and personalized treatment plan so that you can see exceptional results. Whether you are considering braces or already have an appointment, we’re here for you! Get in touch to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Szymanowski or to talk through your concerns with us! Your satisfaction is as important to us as your smile.