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While they may stereotypically be associated with middle-school aged kids, braces can actually benefit a number of people who would like to have straighter and more effective teeth. But with the association between braces and these younger kids, there are a number of myths that have popped up surrounding adult braces and other forms of orthodontic care.

Here are a few myths about adult orthodontia:

Braces are only working if they hurt: While the old adage "no pain, no gain" may be applicable in other areas of life, it's not necessarily true about your braces. Back when only stiff wires were used, people would feel a lot more discomfort than they do nowadays. But modern orthodontic technology uses flexible wires that allow for a lot less tenderness for wearers. So don't be surprised if you don't feel a ton of pain when you tell your doctor to tighten them up.

Once straightened, my teeth will stay perfect: Teeth shift and move as we age, which means if you aren't regularly using a retainer, you may experience some deviation from your ideal alignment. For best practice, strictly follow the instructions from your orthodontist.

You have to get used to metal mouth: Many adults choose not to get braces because they fear walking around with a mouth full of metal. But the truth of the matter is that you have so many options nowadays for braces, and many of them —like Invisalign — are either invisible or inconspicuous enough that no one will notice.

When it comes to having the perfect smile, working with the right orthodontic professional is key. To learn more about our doctors and services, or schedule an appointment, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today!

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