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Jun
23

3 Common Myths About Braces

Posted in Braces

Three common misconceptions prevent people from enjoying all the incredible benefits braces have to offer. Have these popular perceptions led you to pass up potentially life-changing orthodontic treatment?

Myth 1: Braces are just for kids.

Not true! Patients of virtually any age can have braces if their smile stands to benefit from straighter teeth. Permanent teeth can be adjusted almost any time. It’s certainly convenient to treat problems in kids and teens before they worsen, but this doesn’t mean adults can’t have orthodontic treatment.

If you think metal braces wouldn’t look right on your adult teeth, that’s fine. There are many far more discreet alternatives on the market these days.

Myth 2: Straight teeth are only a superficial cosmetic concern.

False! Straight teeth do far more than look nice. Straight teeth are more easily kept clean than crooked ones. Overlapping teeth will quickly trap stain, plaque, and tartar. This makes them prone to developing tooth and gum disease. A straightened smile is a healthy smile!

Myth 3: Teeth will shift back after braces anyway if the provider didn’t do a good job.

The fact is that your teeth can easily shift back to their original spots no matter who placed your braces. Teeth are stronger than bone and have the tendency to drift where there is little resistance. They naturally keep moving forward in the mouth as we age. They need to be “trained” to stay in the position braces puts them in. You do this by diligently wearing your retainer as directed.

Ask your dentist about the orthodontic options offered that can make a difference in your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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