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The Truth about Braces: Busting the Top 5 Orthodontic Myths

Choosing to pursue braces as treatment for a dental condition is a big decision. There are many factors to consider from cost to length of treatment to aesthetic. Dr.Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontist are experts in braces in Cortlandt Manor NY, Yorktown Heights NY, or Westchester County NY, and we want to alleviate your fears! Here are our top 5 myths (some silly and some understandable) about braces, BUSTED!

Busting Orthodontic & Braces Myths

Myth: Braces are always painful!

Some discomfort is inevitable when wearing braces, but due to advancements in materials used, the minor pain experienced is more than manageable! There are also options outside of traditional braces that offer varied levels of comfort and discretion.

Myth: Traditional braces are your only option!

When you think of braces, you may think of clunky, metal headgear. The truth is that there are new options outside of traditional, metal braces that can be more comfortable and make the appearance of braces far less obvious. They include:

  •         Invisalign
  •         Invisalign Teen
  •         Clear/Ceramic Braces
  •         Lingual Braces

Myth: I can’t play an instrument with braces!

As an expert in braces in Westchester County NY, Dr. Glaser would never discourage his patients from doing something they love, especially something as important as playing music. Because braces are foreign to you, you will go through a period of adjustment, at first, but once that’s over, you will hardly notice that they are there, playing music as beautifully as before!

Myth: I will be more apt to be struck by lightning!

You’d be surprised at how often we are asked about lightning! People who wear braces have a 1 in 700,000 chance of being struck by lightning, which is the same as people without braces. We are glad to report that braces do not make you a lightning pole!

Myth: I’m too old for braces!

We hear this, all of the time! The truth is that 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. With the development of some of the above mentioned options in treatment (most popularly, Invisalign), more adults are committing to pursuing orthodontics in order to improve their health, as well as their confidence!

Dr. Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics want nothing more than for you to be comfortable with your choice to pursue braces in or around Cortlandt Manor NY. These myths prevent people from choosing to get braces that could improve the quality of his/her life! If you have any questions or concerns, we are always happy to bust the myths that may be keeping you from having your most beautiful smile!


Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Yorktown Heights, NY, Cortlandt Manor, NY, Cold Spring, NY, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Westchester County, NY or the 10598 area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser, contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914-739-6400.