Braces are a great way to enhance your smile. However, many adults are hesitant to explore this viable option. This is mostly due to popular myths surrounding the procedure. Read on to learn about braces and dismiss these common myths.

4 Common Myths about Getting Braces

“I didn’t get braces when I was a kid, and now it is too late.”

This is the most popular misconception many adults have about getting braces. Although braces are more common in children, braces are suitable for all ages. In fact, some dental issues that require braces may not be detected until adulthood. If you are considering braces, age should not be a factor in your decision.

“Getting braces will be painful!”

This is another widely believed myth. In fact, you will experience no pain during the procedure. In the days following the procedure, patients may feel some minor soreness or discomfort as they adjust to the braces. This effect is normal, and should wear off within a week. If a patient experiences pain beyond a week, the braces may be on too tight. Patients with tight braces can visit their dentist to have them loosened.

“I will look silly with braces.”

Many patients, especially adults, are concerned with the appearance of their smile if they get braces. When envisioning braces, patients often picture a mouth full of metal that is highly visible to everyone. However, this is not always the case. Patients worried about the look of braces should consider one of these more subtle options:

  • Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces. They key difference between the two, is that lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, for reduced visibility. With lingual braces, patients get the effectiveness of metal braces without the change in appearance.
  • ‘Invisible braces’, also known as aligners, are thin, clear appliances that straighten the teeth over time. This treatment lives up to its name as it is the least detectable form of braces. Additionally, aligners are removable for minimal discomfort.

“Braces are the only way to fix my smile.”

This could not be further from the truth! While braces are an effective method of achieving a better smile, they are not for everyone. Braces could be worn for years, and this type of long term treatment is unnecessary for patients with minor imperfections. If you do not believe braces are right for you, there are many alternative treatments to suit your specific needs.

Visit Sugarland Dental Spa

If you are seeking to improve your smile, there are a variety of cosmetic and restorative treatments available at the Sugarland Dental Spa. Consulting with one of our experienced dentists will help determine what type of treatment would be right for you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Sugarland Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area today!