Myths about orthodontics

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Despite being one of the best known and most used dental treatments today, there are still many myths about orthodontics. In this article we are going to see some of the most famous to better understand this treatment.
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Age is just a number

Many people mistakenly believe that orthodontics is only recommended for the youngest. This is probably due to the fact that, in fact, it is more common to find this orthodontics among the youngest compared to adults. However, it has absolutely nothing to do with it. Any age is good to correct the position of the teeth thanks to orthodontics, so it is not an exclusive treatment for the youngest.

You will not be able to eat practically anything

This is another of the most common beliefs. It is mistakenly thought that due to orthodontics food will be much more limited. This is not the case, with orthodontics you can eat absolutely anything. What is true is that you have to be careful with those harder foods. We must not forget that, after all, we have a device in our mouth that we have to take care of. For this reason, it is recommended to break harder foods into smaller pieces beforehand and also to brush your teeth carefully after each meal.

Orthodontics hurts

Myth and fear in equal parts. Yes, it is true that during the first days in which orthodontics is worn, it can bother a little. This is normal, since we will have a device inside the mouth that we are not used to. However, it is not a painful treatment at any time, so you should not worry at all. Orthodontics is there to fix problems, not to create new problems.

Orthodontics causes cavities

People who get cavities when wearing orthodontics tend to think that the appliance is to blame. In this case, two things need to be clarified. Usually, this caries problem comes from before and it is already in the tooth before treatment. On the other hand, having an appliance in the mouth sometimes makes it difficult to clean it. Caries appear when there is a lack of cleaning in the mouth, so we must take special care when brushing our teeth. If you maintain normal hygiene, the device will never cause cavities.

I will be with orthodontics my whole life

No, orthodontics is not forever. It is difficult to establish the duration of orthodontics because the treatment depends largely on the patient's condition. In this way we can find patients where it lasts even less than a year and in other patients it can last up to two. It is also true that the teeth can move over time and orthodontics may be required again, however, this does not mean that we have to be with it all our lives.

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