Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics Set the Record Straight on Common Braces Myths

Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics Set the Record Straight on Common Braces Myths

Braces are a big step toward getting the smile of your dreams. While many believe only kids or adolescents get braces, that’s untrue! Many adults opt for braces to correct their smiles. Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics has seen it all, but like the example mentioned above, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding orthodontics.

We gathered some of the most common myths surrounding orthodontics and set the facts straight below. Take a look, and before you assume braces will restrict some of your favorite activities, be sure to do the research or call Cavanaugh & Nondorf up for clarification.

Myth: You cannot play instruments or sports with braces.

Fact: These activities may feel awkward at first and require a brief adjustment period, but with some practice you’ll be back to normal! Braces may make the mouth feel strange, but instruments will be natural with practice and sports may just require a new mouthguard to protect your appliance and teeth!

Myth: Metal is the only option for braces.

Fact: There are other options! From Invisalign to ceramic to braces that go on the insides of your teeth, there are more options than there used to be. Even traditional metal braces are more comfortable and created to make the process as simple as possible.

Myth: Braces hurt all the time.

Fact: They may cause some discomfort as your mouth adjusts, but braces apply steady pressure and shouldn’t hurt all the time. Wax is available to help ease irritation in the mouth, and basic painkillers can help with any pain after an adjustment!

Myth: You can’t eat your favorite foods when you have braces.

Fact: It’s true that you will need to avoid sticky foods and chewing on anything hard, but for the most part, foods can still be enjoyed. You may need to adjust the way you enjoy some of the foods by cutting them into smaller pieces, but overall, there aren’t a lot of sacrifices that will need to be made!

Myth: Braces take years to be effective.

Fact: It all depends on how much work needs done! Braces are evaluated on a case by case basis. While some require a two-stage process, others require braces once for minor fixes and can be done within a year. It all depends on how much movement is required and how quickly your mouth adjusts.

There you have it! There are many misconceptions surrounding braces, but there’s no need to put off heading to the orthodontist. With the updates in technology and orthodontic devices, braces are simpler than ever to live with. If you’re ready to take the next step, head over to to see what Cavanaugh & Nondorf can do for you!