From time to time we are asked questions about things people have heard or read online regarding braces. We want to set the record straight and give you some honest answers to these common myths.
Myth #1: All I can eat is soft, mushy food.
Answer: Not at all. For the first few days after having braces placed, and after adjustments, your mouth will be tender and you will prefer to eat softer foods, but overall you will be able to enjoy many of the same foods you already eat. Staying away from hard, sticky foods is the only suggested limitation and this is to avoid damage to the wires and brackets.
Myth #2: I’ve heard that metal braces can set off a metal security detector, is that true?
Answer: No! Metal braces are made of stainless steel. The wires are made from a combination of metals, none which set off metal detectors.
Myth #3: I play a musical instrument but I’ve heard that after I get braces I won’t be able to play it anymore.
Answer: Not true. Though it will feel a little different at first, once you get use to the new feeling with braces, you will have no problem playing.
Myth #4: Can you really be allergic to braces?
Answer: If you know you have a stainless steel or latex allergy, just let us know beforehand. There are other products available that do not have these allergens present that we can use to obtain the same results.
Myth #5: My doctor said I have sleep apnea. I’ve heard this can be treated by an orthodontist. Is that true?
Answer: There has been evidence to suggest that this is true. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (aka OSA) occurs when there is a physical obstruction in a person’s upper airway. It has been shown that orthodontics has been a successful way to prevent OSA.
If you are looking for an orthodontist in the Cedar Park, TX area, no matter the reason, we are here to help you get the smile you have been dreaming of. Give our office a call today at 512-337-2325 to schedule your consultation.