When it comes to oral health, your dentist knows the best. The harsh truth is that dental surgeons everywhere first struggle with busting common patients’ myths. Only after the dentists do so, they can start the treatment.
In orthodontic treatment, the myths just get multiplied. If you are also someone who is thinking of getting braces but hesitating to move on with the treatment because of the underlying myths, Don’t worry, we are here to bust some common myths regarding orthodontic treatment so that you don’t face any unnecessary fear with getting braces.
So let’s get started.
Myth 1: Teeth will become weak and fall off.
This is not at all true, braces help in aligning your teeth in the proper position, it moves your teeth in a certain desired direction but will not result in making your teeth weak. Here’s why, because your teeth are tightly secured in bony sockets of your gums and with braces, bone destruction and new bone formation occur. This holds your teeth tightly as they were earlier but in a new correct position.
Myth 2: Can get struck by lightning while wearing braces.
Well, nobody knows from where this myth came from, because it’s kind of funny isn’t it?!
The metal in your braces is very light and properly engineered, so it won’t catch lightning signals at all. These kinds of disaster happen with big transformers which have huge and heavy metals, trust me it can never ever happen with your braces.
Myth 3: Cannot go swimming or scuba diving.
Some people say fishes get attracted to shiny metals, so it will be dangerous to do underwater diving with braces. Firstly, researches have shown that fishes have nothing to do with shiny metals and secondly, why would you open your mouth while you’re underwater! So don’t worry, even if you have braces, you can do any sports normally.
Myth 4: Can interfere with radio signals.
You might wonder that your braces look like radio antennas and might cause harm, well the answer is No. Your braces are made of very light metal having engineered titanium, which is very thin and made in a way to suit your oral cavity and be compatible with a human body.
Myth 5: Braces are only for children and teens.
No, according to recent researches 40-50% of adults get their orthodontic treatments done. The common myth is teeth cannot move once you are more than 18 years of age, that’s not true, the strength of teeth remains same forever after you shed off your milk teeth, of course, strength changes in very old age in about 60s. So, even you are thinking of getting braces, just go for it without giving a second thought.
Myth 6: Braces set off metal detectors.
If you’re worried about your braces setting off the alarms as you pass through the metal detectors at airport security or malls, don’t be! Modern braces are very small and are made from extremely light metals that won’t trigger any alarms and you can go wherever you want freely.
Myth 7: Teeth extraction can make you blind.
Sometimes, your doctor might suggest you get some of your teeth extracted, mostly premolars but this can no way make you blind because the nerves supplying your gums and eyes are totally different and in no way connected, so it can never harm your eyesight.
Myth 8: Braces can impede speech.
Braces can feel uncomfortable for the first few days but once you get adapted, it’s not at all a problem. With the modern advancements in braces, you can speak freely, no tongue movements are hampered and you can even sing without any change in sound or speech.
Myth 9: Braces are extremely painful.
This is sometimes said to scare people, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. This is not to say that braces aren’t uncomfortable at times, but after the adjustment period, you will get used to your braces and forget they are there. They are never going to cause any pain.
Myth 10: I can’t play a mouth musical instrument with braces.
Yes, you can play an instrument with braces. Depending on the particular instrument, there may be difficulty and an adaptation period, but it is not impossible to play an instrument with braces.
Myth 11: Braces have to be tight to work.
It’s a common misconception that the tighter braces are the better they work and the faster they come off. The truth is that too much tightness is bad for your teeth and won’t fix alignment issues any faster. Here’s the good news – braces don’t actually have to be too tight to move your teeth into alignment.
Myth 12: You Must Wear Braces for a Long Time.
This is just not true. The duration you wear braces for depends on the state of your oral health and teeth alignment. Orthodontic treatment plans vary according to each patient’s situation, but the general period for treatment is one to three years. Patients almost never have to wear braces for longer than three years.
Myth 13: Braces Only Straighten Teeth
There a lot more benefits. Braces do so much more than just straighten teeth. They also align your bite so that your teeth meet properly, preventing early wear and tear. Braces can also help fix crowding and gaps, which helps your gums to function the way they should.
So here were most of the common myths regarding braces and I hope we were able to clear them all for you. Another important thing to remember is that a big part of any treatment’s success is the compliance of the patient. Following the instructions of your doctor is very crucial and you will definitely see the results.
Wishing you a happy dental visit.