The Best (and Worst) Things About Having Braces

The Best (and Worst) Things About Having Braces
Posted on 06/04/2018

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At Pedodontics, P.C., we're proud to help families throughout the greater Omaha area achieve beautiful new smiles through quality pediatric dental and orthodontic treatment. If you've been considering improving your smile through braces, we're excited for you – but there are a few things you should know before starting treatment. Here are a few of the biggest pros and cons of having braces!

The Pros & Cons of Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most popular orthodontic treatment we offer, but they still come with a unique set of advantages and drawbacks. If you're thinking about getting braces, here are a few of the things you should consider about this orthodontic treatment.

  • Pro: Braces are the most versatile of all orthodontic treatments, capable of treating almost any orthodontic condition.
  • Con: Braces are the least discrete method we offer. Even so, modern braces are lighter, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever before.
  • Pro: Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, so braces will protect the health of your teeth over a lifetime.
  • Con: Maintaining oral hygiene while wearing braces is a bit more difficult, requiring the use of special tools like floss threaders.
  • Pro: You'll get to eat plenty of soft, delicious foods like ice cream and soup when you first get your braces off.
  • Con: During treatment, you'll need to cut certain hard, crunchy, and sticky foods out of your diet.
  • Pro: Thanks to elastic bands, we can often use braces to alter jaw alignment without the need for external headgear.
  • Con: You'll still need to take care to wear your elastics every day, and they can make it harder to open your mouth.
  • Pro: Braces are effective for patients of all ages, whether you're getting early orthodontic treatment, adolescent orthodontic treatment, or adult orthodontics.
  • Con: Braces aren't everyone's first choice – but thankfully, we offer a variety of other treatment options to help you find the best option for treatment.
  • Pro: We can customize your braces with unique colors to help you fit your personal style.
  • Con: Braces can hurt a little when you first get them on. In the long-run, though, it's a small price to pay for achieving a gorgeous new smile that lasts a lifetime!

Schedule a Consultation for Braces in Omaha, NE

While braces come with both advantages and disadvantages, in our mind, it's clear that no drawback outweighs the benefit of a beautiful smile. If you're ready to take the first step towards revitalizing your life with a new smile, we would love to help you do it. Contact us today with questions or request an appointment with us using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!