Debunking Orthodontic Myths

Debunking Orthodontic Myths

Orthodontics And Braces, In Particular, Have Always Gotten A Bad Wrap From The Media And We Want To Debunk A Few For Our Brisbane Patients

There has always been something of a morbid fascination with braces from the world of movies, T.V., and even books but we want to set the record straight for Brisbane patients who are concerned they may be true.

Braces Are Only For Teens

While it is true that your teeth are at their most malleable during your adolescence, orthodontic treatment can be hugely effective at helping you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile. Recent surveys have shown that at least 62% of adults in Australia are considering orthodontic treatment and with good reason, too. We now have some of the most effective and discreet solutions that offer excellent results in tandem with a far less noticeable treatment method. There are even some orthodontic practices that have recorded a 25-30% increase in patients over 18 years of age.

Kissing Someone Also Has Braces Will Get You Stuck Together

Ok. So we don’t really need to squash this one, do we? Well, that classic scenario of two people with braces kissing will not result in you being stuck together by some tangling of wires or an anomalous magnetic field. Despite what you may have seen or heard it is literally impossible, however, there could yet be some sparks flying. Metaphorically, of course.

Having Braces Is Painful

Having your braces fitted can result in some discomfort and irritation in the first few weeks or when we adjust them, but other than that it should be smooth sailing. In fact, most people don’t experience any of these problems and are able to wear braces relatively comfortably. All modern orthodontic treatment has been designed specifically with your comfort in mind and they can apply gentle pressure more consistently and accurately.

Your Child Shouldn’t See An Orthodontist Until All Their Teeth Are In

As soon as your child’s teeth begin to sprout and grow they are set on a course that we normally try to correct at around 7-10 years of age so that we have the best chance at early intervention. This means we can keep detailed records on your child’s teeth and jaws and allows us to make more informed decisions regarding their treatment.

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