5 Myths About Traditional Braces

There are quite a few myths about traditional metal braces. In reality, they are a great option to straighten your teeth and create an aesthetically pleasing smile. At Advanced Orthodontic Care, Dr. Robert Rudman can help you decide if braces are right for you.

Denver teenager wearing metal braces

Myth #1: You have to wear braces for several years.

This is one of the most common misconceptions about traditional braces. The length of time that you must wear braces depends on several factors (e.g. the severity of your misalignment and your age). For some people, braces may only be needed for 6 months. However, most patients end up wearing braces from anywhere between 1 and 3 years.

Myth #2: Braces are painful.

Like many dental services, braces may cause soreness for a day or two. It is normal to experience some manageable discomfort after the wires and rubber bands are placed. However, you should feel better after a couple of days.

Myth #3: Only children can have braces.

There is no age limit for braces. In fact, plenty of adults decide to get braces and love the results they provide.

Myth #4: You can’t play sports or musical instruments with braces.

While you may have to adjust to the feeling of having braces, you can still play sports or musical instruments with mouthpieces. However, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard for any sports activities.

Myth #5: After braces are removed, your teeth stay perfectly straight forever.

In order to keep your teeth straight after having your braces removed, you must diligently wear your retainers. Without them, your teeth will gradually shift back to their previous position.

Contact an Experienced Orthodontist in Denver Today

If you want to learn more about braces and if they are right for you, call Advanced Orthodontic Care today at 303-331-0222 to schedule a free consultation. With over 20 years of experience as an orthodontist, Dr. Rudman can help you choose a treatment plan that will leave you with a healthy, beautiful smile. We proudly serve patients living in Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton, and nearby Colorado communities.

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