Well, you’ve spent your teen and young adult years feeling conscious about your crooked and misaligned teeth that have left you with a low self-esteem and a consciousness to smile in public. Finally, now that you’re an adult, you’ve decided to get back your self-confidence – and your smile – by getting your teeth straightened. You’ve probably spoken to your family and friends and what you’ve heard has probably made you rethink your decision. You’re not alone since unless someone from your family and friends is an orthodontist, you’ve perhaps heard one of the several myths that abound about having braces as an adult. This article debunks some of these popular myths.
Myth #1: Metal braces are the only option for adults.
Fact: With the advances in cosmetic dentistry, braces no longer have to be just metal. If the thought of metal brackets and wires in your mouth repels you or you feel uncomfortable about these, you could opt for non metal braces like ceramic ones that blend in subtly with the natural color of your teeth making them discreet and inconspicuous or transparent, near invisible aligners (braces) like Invisalign that are unobtrusive and convenient.
Myth #2: Braces are always visible.
Fact: They don’t have to be! With technological advancements, orthodontists have a plethora of choices to recommend braces that retain the functionality of metal braces but are discreet and unobtrusive to straighten your teeth and help you gain that impeccable smile.
Myth #3: Braces are uncomfortable.
Fact: Metal braces can cause some discomfort due to them being a permanent fixture. Furthermore, they could also lead to poor oral hygiene due to the difficulty of cleaning them while brushing which could lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease in the long term. Orthodontists now have an option of prescribing braces that snugly fit onto your teeth, are removable, are convenient and allow you to brush and floss normally.
If these myths are holding you back from undergoing a teeth straightening procedure using braces to help you enhance your smile, you should speak to one of our experienced orthodontists who specialize in finding the perfect braces in Dublin. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Dr Gerald O’Connor is the principal dentist and owner of Killiney Dental. Dr O’Connor graduated with an honours dental degree from University College Cork in 1998. He has since worked as a general dental surgeon in the UK and Ireland and has over 20 years experience in the dental field, with a particular interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr O’Connor is an active member of the Irish Dental Association, sitting on its Quality Patient Safety Committee, and is a Irish Dental Council registered dentist.