As part of his work with Kids Dental Care, which he founded in 2007, Ammar Idlibi and the numerous professionals in his employ provide orthodontic care for children and adolescents. There are many misconceptions that surround orthodontics, many of which come from playground rumors and people who have little experience in the field. The following are some of the more common myths, with explanations of why they are usually untrue.
Only Children Get Braces
A lot of children are wary about having orthodontic work carried out because they believe that it is a process that only affects younger people. This is not the case and there are many adults who have similar work carried out to help align teeth and keep them in good shape. However, it is usually easier to manipulate teeth through orthodontics when the patient is younger, so emphasize this point with your children to show that the process is for their benefit.
Braces Will Give You ‘Metal Mouth’
One of the most common concerns that young people have about braces is that they will have to spend time with their mouths full of metal. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can lead to teasing in the playground and may affect the self-esteem of the child. While it is true that older orthodontic techniques made use of a lot of metal, modern braces are now much smaller and more comfortable. There are also some treatments, such as Invisalign, which don’t make use of metal at all and are practically invisible when applied to the teeth.
They Only Serve Cosmetic Purposes
While it is certainly true that braces and other orthodontic work will align your teeth, giving you a nicer smile and helping you to feel more confident with your teeth, they also serve much more than a merely cosmetic purpose. People with poorly-aligned teeth suffer from increased risk of plaque buildup, tartar, gum disease and cavities. This often makes orthodontics a wise investment for those who want to avoid such issues later on in life. Furthermore, well-aligned teeth wear more evenly over time, which again cuts down on the amount of time and money you will need to spend on dental care later on.
They Are Painful
As with many dental misconceptions, the idea of pain in orthodontics has been exaggerated enormously. While it would be untrue to claim that there is no pain at all, this is usually limited to some slight soreness after having braces tightened. Beyond that, most patients find that modern braces are actually quite comfortable and they may even forget they are wearing them after a couple of days.
Ammar Idlibi is a pediatric dentist who is able to offer patients extensive orthodontic care through Kids Dental Care, which is a comprehensive dental center for children and adolescents.