Although braces have been around since the middle ages and can improve oral health, there are still myths surrounding braces and you’ve probably heard a few. Some myths include that braces are extremely painful, or you can’t play sports with them, and more. Below we busted 11 myths about braces.

Myth 1: When I Get My Braces Off, My Teeth Will Be Straight Forever

You will need to wear a retainer following treatment with braces to maintain your perfect smile. Additionally, if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene, your teeth can become misaligned again.

Myth 2: I’m Too Old for Braces

Braces are a treatment tool for all ages. We have had many adult patients who needed braces as part of their treatment plan and they ended the process with the smile of their dreams!

Developing good oral habits should begin early in life, but no one is ever too old for good oral health habits or straighter teeth. With so many advantages available to adults wearing braces, what do you have to lose?

Myth 3: Braces Are Extremely Painful

The discomfort comes from pressure put on your teeth and gums when they are being moved into place, but that shouldn’t last long and eventually, you won’t even know you have them on. You can use over-the-counter pain medication if the soreness causes you too much discomfort. Although a common misconception, most people find braces are less painful than imagined. Plus, Dr. O’Gara and Dr. Gilbert will take every possible step to keep you comfortable during treatment.

Myth 4: You Have to Wait Until Your Adult Teeth Come in Before Starting Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontics suggests children start seeing an orthodontist by age 7 so we can start treating certain conditions as soon as possible and guide healthy jaw growth.

Myth 5: Traditional Braces Are My Only Option

Traditional braces are an amazing and effective option, but they’re not your only option. Orthodontic retainers and Invisalign clear aligners offer safe and comfortable alternatives for those who don’t want traditional braces and are candidates for it.

Myth 6: Braces Take Two or More Years for Desired Results

Today’s orthodontic technology allows faster tooth movement. Depending on your specific orthodontic treatment, you may see results within a matter of months.

Myth 7: I Can’t Play Sports with Braces

While it is essential to wear a mouthguard, you can still play various sports with braces. Be sure to check with Dr. O’Gara and Dr. Gilbert about having a special mouthguard to wear over your braces.

Myth 8: Braces Will Set off Metal Detectors at Airports

Since braces are made of metal, many people think they will set off security alarms when passed through airport metal detectors. Scanners are sophisticated enough to tell between harmless orthodontic wires and dangerous weapons.

Myth 9: Invisalign Only Works to Correct Minor Orthodontic Issues

Invisalign is an alternative to conventional braces. Many people consider getting Invisalign because they’re concerned with how a metal mouth will look. Invisalign indeed offers a more subtle solution than traditional metal braces, but it also works in more severe cases than you might expect. In your complimentary consultation at O’Gara-Gilbert Orthodontics, the doctors will be more than happy to let you know if you are a candidate for clear aligners.

Myth 10: My Family Dentist Can Straighten My Teeth

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that teens get a second opinion before going through with orthodontic treatment but your family dentist may not be as up-to-date on current practices as an orthodontist who has completed specialized training in orthodontics and is certified by their state dental board.

Myth 11: Visiting an Orthodontist for Care Is Expensive

Different types of orthodontic care have varying costs associated with them, but the last thing that should stand between you and your dream smile is price. We work with patients on a payment plan to make orthodontic visits affordable for everyone.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with our doctors at O’Gara-Gilbert Orthodontics today to learn more about orthodontic treatment. We will be able to answer all of your questions and help you determine whether or not braces are right for you and how we can help you achieve the perfect smile.


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Reno, NV 89511

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a treatment plan to achieve your dream smile

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a
treatment plan to
achieve your dream smile