Are you weighing the pros and cons of getting braces? Are you feeling a little jittery about starting the journey to a straight smile? If this sounds like you, don’t start your Googling frenzy just yet – there are a lot of myths out there that don’t hold any weight!
Here at Hemphill Orthodontics, we are dedicated to the truth and take the facts seriously. So brace yourself because we’re about to bust the top 10 myths about braces. Let’s get going!
Myth #1: Braces have to hurt
Over the years, advancements in orthodontic procedures have allowed us to make the process of straightening your teeth much more comfortable than in the past. Although you may experience some slight soreness or irritation following each appointment, this feeling is only temporary! Dr. Hemphill can recommend a few things to help relieve this discomfort (including orthodontic wax, medication, or a warm compress), but be sure to ask your orthodontic team about other ways to reduce soreness. Most of all, rest easy knowing that braces do not cause long-term or excessive pain.
Myth #2: Braces take years to show results
While it is certainly possible that braces may take a few years to correct your alignment, it is not true that this is the only forecast for straight teeth. Each individual requires a different treatment plan depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of their case, appliances used, desired outcomes, and response to treatment. Patients can expect their braces to last between 12-36 months, but most cases are on the shorter side of this range.
The best news of all is that no matter the duration of your treatment plan, you will begin to see improvements relatively quickly! Now, what could be more satisfying than watching your smile realign in the mirror?
Myth #3: Braces are only used to straighten your teeth
Although a straight smile is often the first thing that comes to mind when considering getting braces, there are actually multiple reasons a trip to the orthodontist might improve your oral health. Like a domino effect, the health of your teeth often impacts your overall health, and a misaligned jaw or malocclusion could lead to difficulty with speech, digestion, and even breathing. Braces help address these issues, making sure that you are at your healthiest.
Myth #4: Braces are only for teens
One of the biggest braces myths of all is that braces are made only for middle school or high school kids, which makes us sure that the success of adult braces is the world’s best-kept secret! We want to share that secret with you: adult braces are not only practical, but they are far more common than most people think! In fact, about 1 in 5 orthodontic patients are over the age of 18!
Myth #5: Visiting an orthodontist is outside of my budget
At Hemphill Orthodontics, we do everything we can to make our treatment affordable because we’d love the opportunity to serve you and your family. Our competitive pricing and flexible payment options allow us to work with your budget to create a customized payment plan so that orthodontic treatment is well within your means. We accept a wide range of insurance plans and even offer a FREE consultation so that you can get started with your smile journey on the right foot.
Myth #6: Braces are unattractive
Although many people view braces as a cosmetic treatment, one of the most common fears patients have about getting braces is that the appliances used will make your smile unattractive while you are waiting for the big reveal at the end. Fortunately, braces have come a long way in recent years! Not only do brackets and wires have smaller, less obstructive designs than they used to, but our team at Hemphill Orthodontics also offers clear, ceramic braces as well. This brings us to Myth #7…
Myth #7: Braces are the only way to straighten your teeth
Each individual has their own set of needs and desired outcomes when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Luckily, there are options to suit them all! While the traditional wire-and-bracket braces are usually the first that come to mind, Dr. Hemphill also offers 3M Clarity Aligners that work to effectively reach your smile goals. Be sure to ask about your treatment options when you join us for your free consultation.
Myth #8: Braces will keep me from playing my favorite sport or instrument
Are you worried that you won’t be able to participate in the woodwind section of your school band or that you’ll be missing out on significant practice for your high school football career? You can breathe a sigh of relief – this one is a myth! There is usually an adjustment period while you get used to playing your instrument with a new set of braces, but once you feel comfortable you shouldn’t have any trouble getting back into the swing of things! As for sports practice, just wear a mouthguard and you’re good to go.
Myth #9: Braces are a permanent solution
Ever heard the age-old orthodontic warning, “Don’t forget to wear your retainer!”? Most of us have. That is because braces are not permanent solutions for keeping your teeth in line. In fact, your teeth may begin to shift just days after your braces are removed! Dr. Hemphill recommends wearing your retainer regularly and keeping up with follow-up visits to maintain your results.
Myth #10: Any dentist can put braces on
Just like in any other area of medicine, orthodontists specialize in our own particular area of oral health. While dentists do an amazing job taking care of our teeth by keeping them clean and healthy, orthodontists are specifically trained to shift your smile in gear.
And don’t worry! The Hemphill Orthodontics team prides itself on our dedication to total oral health by communicating with our referring dentists regarding our mutual patients. You can view us as a team working together for your smile!
Hemphill Orthodontics Is Here for YOU
Just like with any new venture in life, it is not uncommon to have fears about getting braces, but that doesn’t mean you should let those fears get the best of you! Braces are no joke, but the team at Hemphill Orthodontics is ready to guide you through this exciting process and put your mind at ease.
Ready to get started? Schedule your FREE consultation today!