There are lots of myths about braces as a result of misinformation, and the fact that many people have never visited an orthodontist before. We’ve already written about the five most common myths about braces. Unfortunately, the myths abound, so here are five more myths about orthodontic treatment.

1. Braces Only Make Your Smile Look Better

Many people believe braces are for cosmetic purposes only, but this isn’t true. If your teeth don’t align correctly, it 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 of braces. Braces also keep your mouth healthy.

2. Braces 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.

3. I’ll Talk Funny If I Get Braces

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 like you did before braces. You can even continue to be involved in sports (with proper protection for your teeth such as a mouth guard).

4. Braces Set Off The Metal Detector at the Airport

This, and other myths about what the metal in your braces can do, is 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.)

5. My Teeth Will Straighten Out as I Get Older

Actually, the opposite is true. As we get older, our teeth tend to 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? Call us at (843) 4-BRACES if you have any questions or concerns about getting braces.