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The Myths

There may be some horror stories that you have heard over the years about braces . However, they tend to become more exaggerated and dramatic (the way most stories go) as they get told over time and between different people. Maybe you actually knew someone who went through a particularly hard treatment series, sometimes it does happen. Those are becoming few and far between. Brace treatments have come a long way in the last decade and there are more options than ever to make the treatment time shorter and a lot less painful! Everyone experiences treatment differently, which is why it’s extremely important to follow your dentists specific instructions on caring for your braces. As your dentist, we know your mouth better than anyone (maybe even more than you) and we will know what you need to do to keep the treatment time as short and pain-free as possible.

Myth 1: Brace Treatments Take Forever To Work

Truth: They can be done in as little as 6 months.

With all the different kinds of brace treatments out there, it’s usually not too hard to find one that will work with your lifestyle and even timeline. In fact, there are even treatment options that can take as little as 6 months! Of course everyone’s situation is a little different, so having a talk with us about what to expect will definitely help you feel much more at ease with whatever options are best for your position. The technology and engineering that has been put into oral health care over the years should put your nerves at ease and you can be rest assured that it won’t be a “forever” thing. If you’ve followed all instructions with keeping the braces in good condition and your brace treatment done, the time and effort put in will be well worth it. We promise.

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Myth 2: Braces Are Only For Young Children

Truth: You aren’t alone and age can’t stand in your way of having the smile you deserve.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of adults that have had successful brace treatments– actually, over 1 million and that was up until 2014, Adult braces have become more and more popular even since then! The reason this myth came about is because when children’s adult teeth start coming in they are easier to move around and arrange as they are moving into place already and haven’t fully settled. While it is “easier” for kid’s teeth to be guided into a better spot, it isn’t impossible to move adult teeth around too. Now there are more options available to you to choose from so we have a higher success rate of helping you get the smile of your dreams.

Myth 3: The Cost Is Too High

Truth: Money can be used from a variety of different resources so the cost isn’t all out of pocket.

This is the most frustrating myth of all to those of us in the industry of oral health and care. Just because you have a couple more years on your teeth doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have a healthy bite or straight teeth! Many insurances will help cover part of the costs for braces, all you have to do is give them a call and talk to them! Flexible Spending Accounts are another way people can help with the costs of treatment when the year starts to come to an end and just pay the difference in what’s left over after insurance and FSA’s have been utilized. It’s always a good idea to follow us on social media as well! There is always a chance that there will be a special savings or promotion on brace treatments.

Now that we’ve uncovered the truth about the top 3 myths (aka “excuses”) of getting braces, you can be well on your way to getting the smile you deserve without time, age, or money getting in your way.

We are thrilled that you’re looking into orthodontics and taking the time to educate yourself on what all is involved! Your mouth, whats in it, and how you take care for it actually play a major roll in your overall health and happiness. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (541) 749-2098.