Brace Yourself for the Truth

December 7, 2015

There are a lot of myths out there about braces, and we at Coastal Carolina Orthodontics are happy to help you separate the fact from the fiction in these common five examples.

Myth #1 Braces are Just for Kids

You’re never too old to enjoy a confident, straight smile. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults. This is because, so long as you have healthy teeth, you never outgrow the benefits of orthodontic treatment.

If you are an adult and have problems with crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, jaw misalignment, etc., then now is the time to act. Make an appointment at our Jacksonville, Morehead City, or Havelock, NC office now and learn what a difference adult orthodontic treatment can make in your life.

Myth #2 You Can’t Play Sports or Play an Instrument While Wearing Braces

There’s no need to take yourself out of the game just because you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment with Coastal Carolina Orthodontics. Your orthodontist is more than happy to provide you with a protective mouth guard to slide into your mouth and protect your teeth while playing contact sports.

As far as musical instruments go, the physical structure of braces might make playing certain instruments a bit more difficult at first. But, as with other new aspects of your braces lifestyle (such as brushing and flossing), it just takes a little practice to find your groove again.

Myth #3 Tighter Braces = Faster, More Efficient Treatment

Some may think that increasing the tightness of braces past the comfortable level your orthodontist prescribes will make teeth straighten faster. Thus, it will decrease time spent in braces. However, this is not the case. A certain level of force is necessary to gently shift teeth into the correct position and give you that straight smile you desire, but too much force can damage your tooth and its surrounding tissues, leading to even more time spent in braces.

Myth #4 Braces are Unattractive

With so many different types of braces available, you never have to worry about your orthodontic treatment impeding your style. Traditional braces (which have improved aesthetically over the years), Damon Clear braces, bracket-free, wire-less Invisalignaligners, Invisalign Teen Aligners, and SPEED Braces are just a few of the treatment options that Coastal Carolina Orthodontics offers to straighten your teeth while preserving the confidence of your smile.

Myth #5 Once I’m Done With Braces, My Teeth Will Be Straight Forever

Alas, this too, is but a myth. Getting your teeth into the correct position via orthodontic treatment is the first part of the fight for a straight smile. The second part is the effort you put into keeping them straight after the braces are removed.

You see, teeth connect to bone via elastic fibers, which get stretched or compressed when your teeth move into their new positions. Then, once you get your braces off, these fibers rebound by trying to push and pull teeth back to their original positions. To prevent this from happening and keep your teeth straight, once your braces are off, wear the orthodontic retainers that your orthodontist has prescribed you.


All in all, there are plenty of myths in the world about what braces can and can’t do. However, if you ever want the hard facts, or are just interested in pursuing your own orthodontic treatment plan, contact Coastal Carolina Orthodontics at our JacksonvilleMorehead City, or Havelock, NC location. We’d be glad to answer any of your questions about orthodontic treatment and how it can benefit you today.

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