It’s natural for people to feel scared when they choose to undergo an orthodontic procedure. After all, its a long process which demands dedication, willpower and patience. Even thought, it’s not as bad as most people think; in fact, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and that’s what we are going to talk about today.
An orthodontic procedure has to hurt
No pain, no gain, right? That may have been true 20 years ago; back then the dentists had to rely on stiff wires, which exerted extreme force and caused quite a bit of pain. Fortunately, nowadays we have flexible which are very comfortable in comparison. While you will feel a bit of pressure and discomfort after every adjustment, it will barely register; and once you get accustomed, you won’t feel a thing. Yes, you read that right, modern orthodontic procedures aren’t painful at all.
My spaces will start closing as soon as I get bracers
I wish it were the case, I truly do. But this is simply not feasible, remember that orthodontic procedures naturally move the teeth by stretching the ligaments with force, and that takes a long time. For some patients it can be quite frustrating as people would love to see immediate results. Just keep in mind that even if you can’t notice it, it is working, just very, very, slowly.
I have an overbite I need bracers right away
I’m amazed at how many people actually think that an overbite is a bad thing. In truth, a small overbite is to be expected. People without an overbite tend to show sings of wear as time passes. Of course, if your overbite is large enough, then yes, you are the perfect candidate for a orthodontic procedure. How can you tell? Go to your dentist and ask for his or her opinion.
My dentist told me that I would take my bracers off in 18 months
Unfortunately, not even the best dentist in the world can accurately tell you how long an orthodontic procedure is going to take; there are just way too many variables involved. A responsible dentist will only give you an estimate, but if you don’t follow the procedures to the letter, or if you have dense bones, then the process can take longer. How much? that’s also hard to tell, but on extreme cases, patients can have bracers up to six years.
Don’t panic, with good care that’s not going to happen to you.