January 31, 2022
Are you thinking about starting orthodontic treatment in 2022? It’s normal to feel nervous about braces, especially if you’ve heard the rumors surrounding the treatment process. Don’t worry; we’re here to help set the record straight! Like anything new in life, braces require some adjustment, but many of the things you’re 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 Central Virginia Orthodontics!
Braces are only for teens
When you hear the term “orthodontics,” do you immediately picture a teen in metal braces? This stereotype has had some staying 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 improve 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. Thankfully, this isn’t true, and you won’t have to ditch your favorite hobby! There will be a slight adjustment period when getting started with orthodontic treatment. Still, you and your child won’t 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. It’s essential to avoid anything sticky or crunchy throughout your treatment process to protect your teeth and braces. This includes 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 you see your beautiful new smile.
Braces will be painful
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, but it’s nothing to worry about. While there may be some mild discomfort when you first get your braces, remember that this is only temporary as your teeth adjust. You may also experience some irritation or soreness following your adjustment appointments. But, this will resolve itself after a short period.
Metal braces will set off metal detectors
We hear this mentioned a lot from patients who 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 lot of pressure from aligners or braces to shift them. However, that level of support cannot be maintained indefinitely. When you complete your treatment at Central Virginia Orthodontics, we’ll give you a retainer to help keep your teeth in their new, straighter positions.
The retainer 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 when your braces come off and permanently settle into new positions.
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 your orthodontist checking your teeth movement, ensuring that everything progresses smoothly, and making minor adjustments.
Braces will take years to straighten your smile
Your estimated treatment time will depend on several factors since 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, patients spend anywhere from 12-36 months in treatment, but this may be longer or shorter for your unique smile.
Braces often allow you to see signs of improvement in a short period. This glimpse of your new smile will be exciting and an extra boost of encouragement as you continue the process.
Braces are only helpful 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! Central Virginia Orthodontics offers clear ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners to our patients in Lynchburg. 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. Baugher or Dr. Claiborne, they’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 Central Virginia Orthodontics
Choosing to proceed with orthodontic treatment is a big decision, and we appreciate your trust in our expert team. Our top priority is providing 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!