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3 Common Myths About Braces

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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


Clear Braces for Adults

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Adults make excellent orthodontic patients. For one, they are committed to seeing their treatment is as successful as possible. Secondly, adults take excellent care of their orthodontic appliances. Lastly, having straighter teeth as an adult can be extremely beneficial to the health of your smile.

Unfortunately, most adults don’t want to bother wearing braces with traditional brackets and wires. That’s why clear braces are such a great way for adults to enjoy straighter. With clear braces, adults can enjoy a straighter smile without anyone else knowing that they are wearing orthodontic appliances.

The type of clear braces that you choose will depend on the needs of your smile. Some types of clear braces are made from plastic alignment trays; these trays snap in and out over your teeth similar to a whitening tray or retainer. Other types of clear braces use ceramic brackets and clear wires that blend in with your teeth; these types of braces work the way traditional braces do, but they are less noticeable when you talk or smile. Depending on the severity of your tooth misalignment needs, most adults complete their orthodontic treatment within 12-24 months. The type of braces that you choose may impact the length of your treatment.

Investing in clear braces as an adult can have many benefits for your oral health. Straighter teeth are less likely to have to decay, gum disease, and premature wear that is often seen in crooked teeth. Correcting the tooth misalignment as early as possible can help you enjoy greater oral health and less dental treatment over time.

Are clear braces right for you? Schedule a bite analysis with your dentist to find out.

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


4 Ways a Straighter Smile Can Change Your Life

Having a straighter looking smile isn’t just about making your teeth look good (but that does have something to do with it!) In reality, straighter teeth are healthier teeth, and healthier teeth impact your day to day lifestyle. Here are a few examples of how investing in orthodontic therapy can be a smart choice:

Straighter Teeth Are Less Likely to Develop Gum Disease

Crowded teeth typically have more tartar buildup and food packing due to the difficulty there is to clean below the gumlines. This creates infection which leads to gum detachment and bone loss, also known as periodontal disease. Eventually this causes the teeth to become loos and fall out.

Straighter Teeth Have Statistically Less Tooth Decay

Another factor influenced by how difficult it is to clean around your teeth is tooth decay. Crowded and crooked teeth typically have more cavities, due to bacterial plaque being left behind when you brush or floss. 

Proper Bite Relationships Prevent TMJ Disorders and Wear to Teeth

If your teeth bite together improperly, it can cause excessive wear on your teeth, restorations and joints. This in turn leads to broken fillings, worn out crowns, chipped teeth and even TMJ disorder. 

A Great Looking Smile Changes Your Personality

When you feel confident about the way your smile looks, you feel more comfortable in social settings with friends, co-workers, or making that first impression. You’ll be more likely to smile, which changes the way other people see who you are. It’s not just about looking in the mirror and being happy with what you see!

Schedule an orthodontic evaluation with your dentist to find out if you could benefit from teeth straightening!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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