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10 Myths about Braces for Teenagers – Debunked!

Teens often wonder, what would I look like with braces? Will braces give me a lisp? Will my braces rust with time? While we do know quite a bit about braces for teens, there are still a few myths that we may be in the dark about.

People often believe that braces are only for smile correction. While that is definitely a prime reason, there are several other orthodontic issues which can be solved with braces. And in order to solve them, let’s first debunk the myths about braces.

I can’t play sports with braces

Many people think that after braces, they cannot play their favourite outdoor sport. But, in reality, a mouth guard is all you need to play any sport with braces on.

Rusting of braces

A common belief is that metal catches rust the moment it comes in contact with moisture. But that’s not true for braces. Braces are made of titanium alloy, which does not rust even when it comes in regular contact with water.

Interference with radio signals

While braces may look like the same material as your radio antenna is made of, they do not conduct any radio signals.

I can’t play a musical instrument with braces

Like any foreign object which enters the body, braces are no different. But like every object, your body gets adjusted to them. And you can play a musical instrument too; your body will adapt itself to the braces.

Braces are only for children

Orthodontics across the world are seeing a surge in adult patients who want to flash a beautiful and charming smile. At Thurman Orthodontics, you see how teens, young adults and older adults gain a beautiful smile and stronger self-confidence.

Braces are painful

Braces, when new, undergo an adjustment period when they can be slightly uncomfortable. However, after that initial phase, they will become a part of you, and your body will not treat them as an alien object. It will not cause pain. Nevertheless, if you do experience any soreness, there are several tools available to help you with such days.

Metal braces are my only option

With the advancement in orthodontics technology, there are several options available today. What’s more, you can even choose braces which are rendered completely invisible and do not affect your smile at all.

Braces permanently straighten my teeth

While braces help straighten your teeth, it is equally essential to wear a retainer that helps keep your braces straight in the long term.

I don’t need to floss while I have braces

Flossing is a tool to get read of bacteria and plaque. And braces do not come in the way. Instead, it is recommended that you must floss more regularly with braces because braces can cause plaque to be formed around the brackets. So dental hygiene is absolutely necessary in either case.

You will need your wire changed at every appointment

Orthodontist appointments are simply regular check-ups to see the progress of your treatment. If your teeth haven’t moved as planned, only then does the need arise to replace a wire.

Author Bio:

Emily Taylor found the perfect fit for herself as the Online Marketing Manager at Thurman Orthodontics in Fresno CA as she believes that a great smile does more than just make a person look great – it makes them feel great as well. The power of a smile has always been a mystery to Emily, and she loves researching and writing about it. She loves to write about everything to do with a healthy bite and a beautiful smile – weather is it ways to achieve it or the importance of it in the various aspects of life. What brings a big smile on Emily’s face is her family and surfing. She also likes to bake, and her children and co-workers call her the cookie fairy!

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