Myths & Facts about Braces

At Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing not only premium orthodontic care in the Kansas City area but also the information our patients need to feel educated about their dental work.

When it comes to braces, there has surely been information you’ve heard along the way, and some of it may not be quite accurate. We’re ready to set the record straight on these common myths and facts about braces.

Myth: Braces are for the young’ns

Fact: Braces are for any age! While it’s common to see children and teenagers in braces, more and more adults are choosing to take their smiles into their own hands (or, more accurately, our hands!) by seeking out orthodontic care. With more options than ever, there’s never a bad time to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Myth: Braces are going to hurt!

Fact: Don’t worry, you won’t spend your entire treatment in pain! It’s normal to have a little discomfort when you first get your braces put on, or after adjustments. However, modern technology has made braces more comfortable than ever before.

Braces are too expensive for me!

Fact: There are many different options for braces now, meaning you can figure out what’s going to work best for your teeth and your budget. We don’t want finances to hold you back, so be sure to ask us about financing options, including CareCredit and cash discounts.

Braces will make me give up too many things!

Fact: Here’s the deal: It’s true that there are certain foods and drinks you’ll have to take a break from while wearing traditional braces to make them the most effective for your treatment. However, braces will not stop you from singing, playing instruments, playing sports, or living your best life. Additionally, there are options like Invisalign that will let you keep munching on any food you want!

Braces take way too long to work!

Fact: If you’ve already lived a lifetime with a smile you wish looked different, a handful of months is no time at all! Depending on your needs and the type of braces you choose, many people only need to wear them for a few months up to a couple of years. Before treatment begins, Dr. Kavanaugh will present a timeline and detailed plan. However long it takes, it’s just a small blip in your life that will lead to many more years of a dazzling smile.

We hope this has cleared up some of the common misconceptions surrounding braces. If you are ready to discuss your orthodontic treatment, please request an appointment with Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics to get started!