Have you been considering braces to straighten your smile? If so, you’ll likely have questions about how the treatment process works. You may even be feeling a little nervous about what’s ahead! If this sounds like you, you’re not alone—we hear from patients daily who have the same concerns, but the team here at Gleason Orthodontics is committed to providing you with trusted information on every step of your smile journey.
A big part of that is helping you understand the treatment options we have available to you, including traditional braces. Even though they’ve existed in one form or another for centuries, there are still plenty of myths out there about what they are and how they work. With that in mind, let’s explore what people often get wrong about braces and what you can expect from braces treatment with our expert team!
Braces will hurt
Many patients are worried that having braces will hurt, so this is one myth we’re happy to dispel. Although there may be some mild discomfort when your braces are first put on, this will fade as your teeth adjust to them. You may also experience some slight soreness or irritation following your adjustment appointments with Dr. Gleason. This is normal and will resolve on its own quickly. There’s no need to be anxious—wearing braces won’t cause you any long-term pain or discomfort.
Braces take a long time to work
Whether a patient wears braces or an alternative like clear aligners, the total treatment time will vary from case to case. No two smiles are alike, and every patient will respond to treatment in their own way. Your estimated treatment time will depend on many factors, including the complexity of your case, the improvements you’re hoping to achieve, how compliant you are with our recommendations, and more!
While most patients will wear braces for 12-24 months on average, your time in braces may be longer or shorter than this. Either way, perspective is key: always remember that treatment is only temporary! You won’t be in braces forever, and all your hard work will be more than worth it once we remove the brackets and reveal a beautifully aligned smile.
Braces are only useful for straightening teeth
Braces are an excellent solution for straightening crooked teeth, but that’s not all they can do! These appliances can also help improve or resolve several other orthodontic issues. When the teeth and jaws are misaligned, it can lead to difficulties with everyday tasks like eating, speaking, and caring for your teeth and gums. Braces can address and correct many of these problems, giving you a more attractive smile and improving your speech, oral health, and even your digestion!
Braces are only for tweens and teens
Although many people associate orthodontics with tweens or teens in a full set of metal braces, but treatment can actually benefit patients of all ages. Our practice is proud to help children, teens, and adults achieve a healthier smile! While it’s true that some issues are easier to treat in younger patients, an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Gleason can move your teeth into more desirable positions at almost any age. You’re never too old to improve your oral health and boost your confidence with orthodontics!
Braces will severely limit what you can eat
It’s true that food restrictions are part of having braces, and are often one of the biggest learning curves a patient will face during treatment. Sticky and crunchy foods can warp wires and bend brackets, so you’ll need to avoid them throughout your orthodontic journey. While it can be inconvenient to give up things like popcorn, nutty candy, and chewing gum, hang in there and keep reminding yourself that there are still plenty of delicious ortho-friendly foods you can enjoy during treatment.
Braces will keep your teeth straight forever
This one could probably be classified as wishful thinking instead of another misconception! Braces are a fantastic way to straighten teeth, but they won’t remain in their new positions forever without a little help. This is because our teeth don’t like being moved from their original positions, and will always try to get back to them. It takes an enormous amount of pressure from braces or aligners to shift them, and that level of support can’t be maintained indefinitely.
Once your braces are removed, your mouth will need time to grow the support that keeps the teeth in their new places. We’re able to do this by applying gentle pressure with a custom-made retainer. Without it, your teeth will naturally begin to drift back to their original position over time. This can happen faster than you’d think— in the first year after treatment is completed, your teeth can start shifting in as little as a few days!
Using your retainer as instructed by Dr. Gleason will ensure the newly straightened teeth are where they need to be to allow them to heal fully. It will also allow your teeth to settle into those new positions permanently, giving you long-lasting results you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.
Braces are the only option for improving your smile
Braces are one of the most well-known tools for correcting bad bites, but they aren’t the only way we can help you achieve a more confident smile! In addition to traditional metal braces, we offer clear braces and Spark and Clear Confidence clear aligners. Each option can correct a wide range of issues and improve your oral health. It’s important to note that what works for one patient may not be a good fit for another, however. When you schedule a consultation with our expert team, Dr. Gleason will examine your teeth and recommend the option that will work best for your unique smile.
Get a beautiful smile with braces by Gleason Orthodontics
Choosing braces is a big decision, and we value the trust you have in us! When you choose Gleason Orthodontics, you’ll be treated to world-class care, superior results, and a rewarding orthodontic experience from start to finish. Whether you’re contemplating braces or already have an appointment to place them, our talented team is here for you. Get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Gleason or discuss your concerns with us!