With so many people needing braces annually, it is no secret that there is a lot of discussion around the tooth-correcting device. However, as popularity is on the rise, so are the myths associated with the tool. Dr. Glaser and his team at Glaser Orthodontics is here to separate fact from fiction when it comes to braces:
Fact or Fiction?: Braces are just for kids.
This is Fiction. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Braces do not have an age limit. People of all ages deserve a beautiful smile, and should not shy away from orthodontic treatment. Our doctors are specialists in providing quick, easy, and quality care to adults and children alike, making now as good a time as any to look in to tooth correction.
Fact or Fiction?: Braces can be fashionable.
This is Fact. Contrary to popular belief, braces nowadays can be a true fashion statement. With bands and rubber bands available in many colors, your mouth can be completely personalized! On the other hand, new technologies have made braces virtually invisible, should you wish. Clear Braces or Invisalign treatments are now available to help you get your best smile, without making it obvious! Many prefer to use invisible products to help their smile, rather than its hardware, be the focus. However, both options are expertly provided here, and will produce amazing results.
Fact or Fiction?: Braces will make it hard to play sports
This is Fiction. While they may add just a slight discomfort to some sports, they will not hinder your ability to play or perform your best. In fact, your orthodontist or online source can provide you with a mouthguard. This is highly recommended as it will reduce discomfort and risk of injury or breakage. Mouthguards are will stop jaw or mouth injuries, gum cuts, and bracket breakages so as to make playing your sport as easy and comfortable as possible.
Fact or Fiction?: You will have to wear a retainer after braces
This is Fact. While there are some patients who are fortunate enough to not require a retainer after treatment, more often than not patients will need to wear a retainer so as to keep the teeth in their new positions. This will most likely not be permanent, and depending on your individualized case may be quite short. You can get Invisalign retainers to keep them invisible, or choose from a variety of colors so as to make wearing it more fun! But don’t worry, retainers are a very regular part of treatment and often do not hurt or interfere with every day life.
We hope these have clarified some of your concerns or questions about braces. For more information please stop by our Cortlandt Manor office or contact us!