This month, don’t be fooled by orthodontic misconceptions! Though pranks and jokes may be fun, believing smile misinformation is no laughing matter. Here are five common myths about orthodontic treatment and the truth from our team.
MYTH: You’ll give up all your favorite foods with braces
Many patients think that they’ll have to give up all of their favorite foods when they get their braces on. It is important to keep in mind that certain foods can be troublesome. Foods like popcorn, hard candy, corn on the cob, etc. should be avoided, as they can damage brackets and wires. Fortunately, there are so many foods patients can enjoy! Cut up fruits and veggies, chocolates, ice cream, or peanut butter sweets are some of the many safe-to-eat snacks. Enjoy foods you love and maybe even find a new favorite!
MYTH: Braces are always very painful
Another common misconception is that braces are very painful. Here at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, that is not the case! We use only the most advanced technology, making treatment more comfortable and streamlined. For instance, we are proud to transform smiles with self-ligating Damon Braces. There are no elastics or metal ties and no need for tightening. While patients should expect some mild discomfort, braces’ painful reputation is outdated with our new technology.
MYTH: Once braces come off, treatment is over
Even after your braces or Invisalign® come off, your orthodontic journey is not over. Continue wearing your retainer as instructed by Drs. Hutta and Hutta to ensure the longevity of your smile. Otherwise, your teeth may shift and regress. Think of it like the dentist—you get your teeth cleaned twice a year, but you still have to brush your teeth every day to stay healthy! Make sure not to underestimate the importance of wearing your retainer.
MYTH: Braces are bulky and clunky
In the past, many found braces to be bulky and too noticeable. These days, that isn’t the case! We’re pleased to offer options that provide effective treatment while fitting our patients’ lifestyles. With Invisalign, patients wear invisible aligners that gradually move the teeth into place. Damon Braces are also discreet, offering clear brackets for a less visible, clean look.
MYTH: Braces and aligners are just for kids
Unfortunately, many adults who need orthodontic treatment do not seek it out since they think braces are just for kids. This is not true! Patients can achieve an aligned smile at any age. Not only does treatment help boost confidence and satisfaction with your smile but getting treatment can also help prevent further issues down the line.
This April, know the facts about orthodontic treatment! Ready to start your journey? Schedule your appointment today.