Braces: Busting common myths and misconceptions

It’s never too late in life to get the smile you’ve always dreamed about. If you’ve been
putting off orthodontic treatment, read on to find out why you shouldn’t always
believe what you hear about braces.

Myth #1: Braces are just for children
We often associate braces with teenagers wearing heavy metal ‘train track’ style
orthodontics, but braces have come a long way over the past decade. The British
Orthodontic Society reports that 66% of patients seeking orthodontic treatment in the
UK are aged between 26-40. With modern brace options including clear fixed braces,
lingual braces (that fit behind the teeth), and Invisalign clear aligners, options for flexible
treatments that suit all types of adult lifestyles are now readily available.
Myth #2: Orthodontic treatment takes years and years
Depending on the complexity of your case, this isn’t necessarily true. Orthodontic
treatment typically takes 18 months to complete, but if you have minor crowding issues
a shorter treatment time may be possible. This can be done with cosmetic fixed braces
or invisible/lingual braces. Here at Exeter Advanced Dentistry, specialist orthodontist
Ben Buffham will be happy to advise you on the best course of treatment for your
individual needs.
Myth #3: Braces are really uncomfortable
Brace technology is constantly improving – so much so that some appliances are barely
noticeable when you wear them. Invisalign aligners, for example, are now made of
SmartTrack material – a highly elastic material that is designed to fit snugly and
comfortably around your teeth. Although any brace will feel strange in your mouth at
first, getting accustomed to it does not take long and discomfort should be minimal.
Myth #4: Braces are not suitable for working professionals
Even if you work in a client-facing environment, there’s no reason that braces should
impact your professional life. Modern braces are extremely discreet, often to the point
of near invisibility. If you are worried about workplace presentations or client meetings,
you may be able to choose removable brace options that only need to be worn for 20-
22 hours a day. This gives you the flexibility to remove them for work events or other
important functions without compromising your treatment.
Myth #5: You can only wear braces once
If you’ve previously worn braces but weren’t provided with a retainer post treatment (or
failed to use it!) you may have found that your teeth have started to shift back to their
original position. Fortunately orthodontic relapse is treatable and we’ll be happy to
advise you about the best option for your teeth. Don’t let all your original hard work go
to waste!

To find out what type of orthodontic treatment will best suit you, book
a consultation with our specialist orthodontist, Ben Buffham. Ben has
extensive experience with treating patients of all ages and has been
recognised by the General Dental Council as a registered specialist
since 2003. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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