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Weston Orthodontist Reveals Common Myths about Orthodontics

Dr. Yazji, your Weston orthodontist, can answer your orthodontic concerns. Many people refuse to get braces or see an orthodontist because of false information. And delaying treatment or avoiding it altogether can have a significant impact on your oral health long-term.

Orthodontics can correct many dental problems, including crooked teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and more. And the sooner you get treatment, the better.

So if you’re delaying treatment from a Weston Orthodontist, here are some debunked myths to help change your mind.

I’m Too Old for Braces

Most people think that only kids and teens get braces, but this is not true. You’re never too old to get braces! No matter your age, you can still benefit from orthodontic treatment. In fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. And thanks to new technology, there are more options than ever for adults who want to improve their smiles.

Treatments like Invisalign® and lingual braces are practically invisible. Plus, they’re a great option for busy adults who don’t want to deal with the hassle of traditional braces.

Orthodontic Treatment Takes Years

Another common myth about orthodontics is that treatment takes years to complete. While this myth may have been true in the past, this is no longer the case for most people. Now, most treatment only lasts between 12 and 24 months, thanks to new and improved treatment methods.

Some individuals will need to wear their braces for longer, depending on the severity of their dental problems. However, most will be able to achieve their desired results within two years. And for those with only mild issues, treatment may only take less than a year.

Braces Are Painful

Many people avoid metal and clear braces because they think they will be painful. While you may feel some discomfort when you first get your braces, this is only temporary. Your mouth will adjust to the braces within a few days, and any pain should disappear.

If you experience any aches or discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication to help ease the discomfort. Your orthodontist will also give you wax for your braces you can use to cover up any sharp, uncomfortable edges.

You Can’t Enjoy Your Favorite Foods While In Braces

Although you may have to avoid hard, chewy, and sticky foods with braces, you can still enjoy most things. Your Weston orthodontist will provide a list of foods to avoid, such as gum, candy, and popcorn. However, most other foods are fair game, and you will only have to modify your diet slightly.

Foods you can still eat include:

  • Soft fruits and vegetables
  • Soups and stews
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Pizza
  • Hamburgers and hotdogs

Final Thoughts

If you’re unsure what’s true about orthodontics and what isn’t, contact an orthodontist like Dr. Maria Yazji, she has over 27 years of experience and she’ll be happy to help achieve the smile you deserve. Only an experienced orthodontist can tell you how long you need treatment and if it’s right for you. Don’t let false information stop you from getting the orthodontics you need to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Everyone deserves to smile with confidence. Let Dr. Maria Yazji and her qualified orthodontic team help you. You can get started on the journey to a fabulous smile by requesting a complimentary consultation here.

If you want to speak to a Weston Orthodontist about braces or other orthodontic treatment options like Invisalign® clear aligners or lingual braces, schedule a consultation. Dr. Maria Yazji is happy to answer your questions and help you decide if orthodontic treatment is proper for you. Dr. Maria Yazji sees patients in three locations in South Florida: Weston, Brickell, and West Miami.

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