The Truth About Braces

Burch Orthodontics

Choosing to get orthodontic care is a big decision for anyone. It means you are ready for a lifetime change that will affect your smile in a positive way. At Burch Orthodontics, we understand and respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is an amazing experience. Our office utilizes the latest technology while offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.

We often get asked a lot of questions on orthodontic care and treatment. We love educating our patients on what to expect and the benefits of orthodontic treatment. However, we have also seen a lot of false information on orthodontic treatment. Some are rumors heard by someone else, others are myths that have been told long ago, passed around, and believed to be true. Here are a few orthodontic myths and the real truth.

Myth: “I can’t play sports anymore because I have braces.”

TRUTH: Having braces does not mean you have to stop living your life. Whether you just received braces or are near the end of your treatment, braces should not be a barrier of playing any type of sport. As long as you wear a mouth guard, braces should not stop you or your child from playing your favorite sport. If you are unsure of which type of mouth guard you need, please ask our staff.

Myth: “After my braces are off, my teeth will remain straight forever.”

TRUTH: After your orthodontic treatment is over, a retainer will be the most important tool for you to use. Your teeth will start to drift back to their original position if you do not wear your retainer as recommended by Dr. Burch.

Myth: “Only Children and teens need braces.”

TRUTH: Braces are not just for kids. As we grow older, our teeth tend to shift or grow inward, creating crowding. Orthodontic treatment can improve the health and the function of your mouth. Adult orthodontics can even help facial esthetics and make your smile appear more youthful. Not only that, but straight teeth are easier clean, thus reducing the risk of cavities and periodontal disease. And with advances in technology we can treat adults faster, more comfortably and more discretely than in the past.

Myth: “Orthodontic Treatment is expensive.”

TRUTH: Dr. Burch is a unique health care provider who carefully customizes her patients’ treatment plans and as a result, her fees directly reflect the complexity of each case. From simple cases which only take months to treat, to very difficult ones which may take a couple of years, the benefits of having an expert provide your orthodontic care will be well worth it. At Burch Orthodontics our goal is to provide you with the affordable, top-of- the-line treatment you need at a price which fits your budget. We offer a wide variety of financial options to meet your needs. Should you have any questions about payments or financing, feel free to ask.

Myth: “Getting braces hurts.”  

TRUTH: Initially, the braces feel like they stick out and you will probably notice some discomfort.  As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will not be a concern…and you won’t even realize you’re wearing braces.  

There are a variety of different kinds of braces that offer excellent teeth straightening solutions for the variety of uniquely different smiles we see every day at Burch Orthodontics. From clear braces to traditional metal braces, there are many benefits that come with achieving straight, perfect teeth. Braces can establish the foundation for a lifetime of improved oral health while helping you or your children look your best.

At Burch Orthodontics, we understand that choosing to get braces or Invisalign is a big decision. We are here to answer all of your questions so that you feel comfortable knowing all about your specific orthodontic care and treatment plan. Contact our Tallahassee office to schedule your complimentary consultation today.


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