If you’re thinking about braces for you or your child, you probably have lots of questions. You may also have heard one of the myths below. There are lots of misconceptions about braces, from ideas that have stuck around from old-fashioned treatments to plain old, wacky rumors! Our sponsor, Dr.Larson, puts six of them to rest. If you’ve heard any others, let us know, and he’ll take those on, too!
Braces Are Only Cosmetic
It’s true that braces can make smiles prettier, but braces are about more than looks. Having a properly aligned bite can protect teeth from a host of potentially serious future problems.
Kids With Braces Can’t Play Sports Or Musical Instruments
Not true! Kids with braces can still play sports, though they should get mouth guards. They can also play musical instruments, so no need to switch to a drumset (You’re welcome).
Braces Have Magnetic Super Powers-Braces may set off metal detectors, interfere with radio signals, and kids wearing braces may be magnetically attracted to each other!
Nope, nope, and any attraction is a product of good ‘ol hormones. It’s also practically impossible for people kissing to lock their braces together! If your child seems nervous about seeing the orthodontist, he might have found one of these wacky myths (or others) online.
Only Kids Get Braces
You’re never too old to have a healthy, attractive smile! More grown-ups than ever are getting braces, and there are more options than ever before if you want to keep your braces discreet.
Braces Hurt All The Time
It’s typical to experience some minor discomfort after braces are adjusted, but braces shouldn’t be painful on a day to day basis.
Having Braces Means Monthly Appointments
Actually, appointments at Smiles are scheduled eight weeks apart. Fix your smile; don’t rearrange your life!
If you have more questions about braces for you or your child, don’t hesitate to call Dr.Larson. A first visit is always free and no pressure, and he’s glad to address any myths you’ve heard-no matter how wild!