We’ve all heard one or two of these before. If you kiss with braces, your braces will get stuck, or braces will set off the metal detector or mess with radio signals, only nerds wear braces, etc., etc. However, how many of the myths surrounding braces aren’t actually true. Today, Randall Orthodontics of Rexburg, ID debunks seven of the most common braces myths that have been surrounding braces since the beginning of time (well, a really long time ago).
Braces Myths: Debunked!
Myth #1 – Braces Will Set Off Metal Detectors
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to traveling, one of the most common myths surrounding braces is that metal braces fitted by an orthodontist will set off the metal detector when you go through airport security. This myth is absolutely, 100% false. Braces won’t hinder your adventures, nor will anyone even know that you are rockin’ braces unless you open your mouth!
Myth #2 – Braces Are Only For Kids
As your Rexburg orthodontist, we do recommend that people come for their first consultation around the age of 7. However, if you missed this time frame, that doesn’t mean braces are not an option. More often than not, you will see more kids and teens wearing braces than adults, but this doesn’t mean there is an “age limit” for braces. If you’re an adult, braces can correct your smile, just as they would a child! Braces are for any age group.
Myth #3 – Braces Are Only For Nerds
One of the oldest myths when it comes to braces is that only nerds can wear them. Today we are putting this myth to rest once and for all. Not only is the myth hurtful and somewhat offensive, but this myth is completely ridiculous! Everyone deserves a smile they’ll love showing off, whether they’re considered to be the most popular person in their school or not. We will happily say it one more time: Braces are for everybody!
Myth #4 – If You Kiss With Braces You’ll Get Stuck
Unless you’re playing some serious tonsil hockey, the likelihood of getting your braces stuck to another person’s braces is pretty much non-existent. We blame this myth on parents who were probably trying to scare their teenagers out of kissing the boy or girl next door. That being said, go ahead and kiss away while wearing braces without the fear of getting your brackets intertwined with someone else’s.
Myth #5 – Braces Are Expensive
While this isn’t necessarily a myth, we believe that the cost of braces has been blown a little out of proportion. If you don’t have dental insurance and have to pay for braces and other orthodontic treatments in Rexburg, braces can feel expensive. However, many Rexburg orthodontists offer payment plans for people as well as additional discounts for people without dental insurance. Conversely, if you do have dental insurance, most of the cost for your braces will be covered (depending on your insurance policy). Be sure to discuss all of your options with your orthodontist and your insurance before deciding on getting braces.
Myth #6 – Braces Will Give You A Lisp
Yes and no. Most braces will not give you a lisp once they are placed on your teeth. There is an adjustment period, where you will learn to move your lips a little differently to accommodate your new brackets, but as far as a lisp goes when it comes to traditional, ceramic, or clear braces--it’s just not true. However, Lingual Braces can cause a lisp because they are bonded to the backside of the teeth, which, while aesthetically appealing, is not great for speaking. When a person first gets lingual braces, they will notice a difference in their speech, but over time this should go away.
Myth #7 – Braces Hurt
When you first get braces put on, or when the wires are tightened, there is definitely some pressure that you will feel in your mouth. However, after this adjustment period, which lasts only a couple of days, your braces are virtually painless. With the advances in orthodontic technology, braces are created to be more comfortable than ever. If you are experiencing pain that is lasting more than a week, contact your Rexburg orthodontist immediately, there may need to be some additional adjustments made to alleviate any discomfort or pain you are feeling.