Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get the straight on braces myths from McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman Orthodontics

While watching Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel the other night, it made me think of the many myths and misconceptions there are out there about braces.  Hopefully after reading this blog, the confusion and fears of some will be alleviated. 

Myth # 1 – If I get braces I will beep when I go thru a metal detector.
Myth-Buster – Braces do not set off metal detectors so go ahead and book that next vacation.

Myth #2 – I am too old for braces, they are for young kids.
Myth-Buster – You are never TOO old for braces, in reality about 25% of our practice are adult patients.

Myth# 3 – Braces are big, ugly and very noticeable.
Myth-Buster – With the advancements in technology braces have become smaller, more efficient and there are even options for a clear bracket.

Myth#4 – Any dentist can put braces on and straighten teeth

Myth-Buster – Sure anyone can put a bracket on a tooth and straighten that tooth out.  However, an orthodontist has studied not only how to straighten teeth, but also how to make sure they stay that way.  They have taken courses on facial growth and development and how to make your teeth fit and function together properly.  An orthodontist will straighten teeth while taking facial profiles and jaw joints into consideration when they treat a case. Only an orthodontist can be accredited by the American Association of Orthodontist. 

Monday, February 10, 2014


Have you made your resolution list for 2014? Many people have or will be soon.  Some of the top resolutions year after year are:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Exercise more
  3. Get a new/better job
  4. Eat Healthy
  5. Quit Smoking
  6. Improve a relationship
  7. Stop procrastinating
  8. Set aside time for your self

  So after looking over these we wanted to share how we think getting braces can help achieve these resolutions!

  1. Lose weight – While in braces there is a food list that should be followed which in turn will eliminate some candies from your diet that can cause weight gain.
  2. Exercise more – when craving something that is on the food list work out instead
  3. Get a new/better job – having more confidence because you are happy with your appearance will help get you a new or better job
  4. Eat Healthy – since you have to follow the food list while in braces it’s easier to grab a healthy snack as to grabbing a chewy candy bar
  5. Quit Smoking – smoking can cause gum disease and bone loss. Having braces on while smoking  can exacerbate these issues so its best just to quit now
  6. Improve a relationship – since you will be visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis that relationship will definitely improve
  7. Stop procrastinating – by making the decision to start orthodontics you already have resolved that resolution
  8. Set aside time for your self – every 6-10wks you will set aside time for yourself to visit your orthodontist