Braces / Orthodontic Treatment

What Are Braces?

Braces are dental appliances that help correct tooth problems such as crowded teeth, bent teeth, and misaligned teeth.

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Myths and facts about braces:

Myth Fact
• Orthodontists only offer metal braces and I will end up will end up with a ‘metallic smile’ for the near future • Traditional braces are fabricated from steel. But these are not the only type of braces. Other braces such as ceramic braces and aligners such as Invisalign have no metallic components in them. Aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours every day for them to work, thus making them one of the most comfortable types of braces ever made similar aligner treatments) are associated little or no severe pain or discomfort.
• We can’t get braces for teeth after the age of 25 or 30 • The truth is that people with adequate bone support for the teeth can get braces at any age
• I can’t play sports if I get braces • As long as you wear a mouth guard fabricated by your dentist, you can play any sport. Besides if you are using aligners such as Invisalign, no such measures need to be taken.
• This treatment takes years to see results • The difficulty or ease of tooth movement varies between patients and may last only a few months in some people while taking longer for others. Visiting a dentist can help you get a clearer picture.
• Getting braces leads to low self-esteem and increases the likelihood of getting teased by friends among children • Though this may be true in the short-term, in the long term it can lead to increased self-esteem and popularity among children especially after the treatment is complete.
• My teeth will stay straight forever after getting braces • This totally depends on whether you wear the retainer or not. A retainer is an appliance that is given after the completion of orthodontic treatment to maintain the teeth in place. If you choose not to diligently wear your retainer, your teeth may start to move back to their old positions.
• Braces are given only for cosmetic reasons • Though this may be true in most cases, there may be instances where abnormal forces falling on teeth may lead to weakening of teeth, thus necessitating the use of braces to reposition the teeth to a less traumatic position.
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