At Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics, we are all about straightening things out – including the myths we hear when teens talk about braces! Here are some of the top misconceptions you should know before starting orthodontic treatment:
Myth #1: I don’t need to floss/go to the dentist while I have braces
Bacteria don’t take a break while you have braces. If anything, you should be more diligent about your oral hygiene while in treatment. Plaque can hide around brackets and cause cavities you’ll need to deal with after your braces come off, so it’s best to continue brushing 3-4 times a day and flossing once a day. There are a variety of tools specially designed to help you floss around your brackets, like a Waterpik or Oral B Superfloss.
Many patients think that because they’re seeing an orthodontist, they don’t need to keep up with their regular dentist appointments. This is also false! While your ortho is looking at the alignment of your teeth and jaw, a dentist is inspecting for dental diseases, cleanliness, and gum health. We make a great team, so continue to see your dentist every 6 months throughout ortho treatment!
Myth #2: I can’t play sports in braces
In the past, brackets were more fragile and in danger of being broken or cutting the mouth if you were hit. But now, no need to sit on the sidelines! Not only are braces much sturdier – you can also ask your orthodontist about braces-friendly mouthguard options.
Some teens may be able to skip brackets altogether and opt for a clear aligner treatment like Invisalign. Invisalign allows you to take out your aligner if needed, but you are also perfectly safe to wear your aligners even during contact sports.
Myth #3: after braces, my teeth will be perfect forever
It’s a big deal when your braces finally come off and you see your new, beautiful smile for the first time! But as we continue to grow and age, teeth can shift and cause movement. That’s why we provide every patient with a custom retainer. Continue to wear your retainer nightly to keep your teeth in place and maintain your correct bite.
Wondering if braces are right for you? Reach out and schedule your complimentary consultation. We can set the record straight on these (and so many more) misconceptions about orthodontic treatment!