Have you been thinking about straightening your smile with braces? If so, you probably have some questions. There are lots of different rumors and myths about braces, and the orthodontic specialists at Howard Orthodontics are here to set the record straight. After helping hundreds of patients improve their smiles with braces, Dr. Eric W. Howard has everything you need to know about this incredibly effective treatment.
Myth 1: Braces hurt.
With modern advances in orthodontics, getting your braces put on and adjusted should not be a painful experience. It may feel uncomfortable for the first few days, but any pain is usually mild and a result of your teeth adjusting to the new sensation of the pressure applied by the wire.. If you’re ever feeling discomfort, just let Dr. Howard know—he’ll make sure everything is adjusted properly.
Myth 2: Braces are only for children.
Contrary to popular belief, braces are an effective solution for both children and adults. At Howard Orthodontics, we accommodate patients of any age, from teenagers to grandparents. Don’t be afraid to get braces as an adult—it may be the best decision you ever make for your smile!
Myth 3: Braces will break the bank.
Many people put off their orthodontic treatment due to the price tag. At Howard Orthodontics, we offer several different treatment options for patients of all budgets. We also provide payment plans and accept most forms of insurance so that braces are accessible to everyone who needs them. Because we don’t want the cost to stop you from getting the smile you’ve always wanted!
Myth 4: Braces are very visible because of the metal material.
At Howard Orthodontics, we offer several orthodontic options that can minimize the visibility of your braces. We provide ceramic braces, which are made out of a clear material and blend in with your teeth. We also offer Invisalign®, a series of clear aligners that are almost invisible when worn.
Myth 5: You have to give up your favorite wind instrument or sport.
At Howard Orthodontics, we understand that your orthodontic treatment should fit into your lifestyle – not the other way around. We provide special orthodontic appliances that are designed to allow you to continue playing your favorite wind instrument or participating in contact sports without any issues. While it may take some time to get used to playing the trumpet with your new appliances, Dr. Eric W. Howard will make sure that you can have your orthodontic treatment without sacrificing the activities that you love.
Myth 6: Braces take years to work.
Braces do take some time to work, but orthodontic treatment is usually complete in 12-18 months.The best part? Once your orthodontic treatment is finished, you’ll have a beautiful and confident smile that lasts for years to come.
Myth 7: Braces weaken your teeth.
False! When orthodontic treatment is performed correctly, your teeth should be just as strong—if not stronger—after orthodontic treatment. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may even help to strengthen the roots of your teeth.
Myth 8: Braces are only for aesthetics.
Not only can braces fix crooked teeth, but they can also help with many different orthodontic issues such as overcrowding, underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
Myth 9: Once you get your braces off, your teeth will be straight forever.
It is important to wear your retainer after orthodontic treatment to maintain the straightness of your teeth. Without wearing a retainer, your teeth may start to shift back into their original position.
Myth 10: You have to give up some of your favorite foods.
No need to worry- orthodontic treatment does not have to mean giving up all of your favorite foods. Just make sure to avoid overly hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that can damage your braces or just get stuck in between the brackets and the wire.
Don’t let braces myths keep you from the smile you’ve always wanted!
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment at Howard Orthodontics, don’t let these common myths get in the way of achieving the smile you deserve. Dr. Howard and his orthodontic team will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding braces. Contact our Lancaster office today for a free consultation!