There are plenty of misconceptions surrounding dental braces for adults. One of the most popular is that braces are just for teens and kids. Adult braces, however, have gained popularity in recent years as more adults discover the benefits of straighter teeth.
Still, there are more reasons adults choose to “ditch” the braces, even if their local San Carlos orthodontist recommends them to have braces. Some of the most popular misconceptions include the following:
Braces are Uncomfortable
The metal brackets can cause discomfort, especially if you have a sore. Fortunately, modern braces design is different compared to previous years. There are options available that put less pressure on your teeth while realigning them.
Some braces are self-litigating, which means they cause less friction and tension compared to traditional braces. Less friction means they are more comfortable to wear.
Everyone Can Notice Your Braces
One popular reason adults refuse braces is because “you can notice them easily!” or “I’m not a big fan of looking like a metal mouth!”
This is true with traditional metal braces, but there are plenty of alternatives available for adults who wish to straighten their teeth subtly. Invisalign is a popular choice for people who prefer clear and smooth aligners.
With Invisalign, all you have to do is replace your aligners every few weeks to continuously reposition your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, the aligners are entirely transparent so it’s impossible to see them. If you are still self-conscious about using Invisalign, you can take them out during meals or for a special occasion. You just have to wear them for 20 to 22 hours each day.
The Treatment will Last Years
Some people think they’ll have to wear braces for more than five years. Fortunately, many orthodontics use up-to-date techniques that are continuously progressing and evolving. Thanks to modern technology, dental appliances can straighten your teeth as soon as possible. Both braces and Invisalign have had major upgrades over the years, which can help shift the teeth faster.
Orthodontists can also generate treatment plans faster. Digital imaging makes it possible for them to prepare treatment prior to its beginning.
Straight Teeth are for Cosmetics Only
Some adults assume that the need for straighter teeth is purely cosmetic, with few actual benefits beyond vanity. This isn’t the case, however.
Straight teeth are easier to maintain and clean. Improved oral hygiene reduces your possibility of developing tooth decay and gum disease. The latter is tied to a number of other health conditions, which include stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Other benefits of straighter teeth include the following:
- Chewing, speaking, and breathing properly
- Keeping protruding teeth less susceptible to injuries
- Making space for dental implants (in case some of your teeth are missing)
- Creating a more balanced bite to alleviate pain and headaches, as well as reduce your risk for temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders.
Dental braces are beneficial not just for your looks, but for your overall health. If you are interested in getting braces, don’t let misconceptions stop you. Instead, visit your orthodontist to seek their recommendations.