Busting 5 Myths About Braces

There’s a lot to consider when getting braces: from dreading how you’ll look with wires on your teeth to worrying about COVID-19. We talked with Moorestown Orthodontics’ Robert Kazmierski to set the record straight on what to expect when straightening your teeth.


Dr. Robert Kazmierski, DMD

MYTH: You should put off braces because of COVID-19

As we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness is on the top of everyone’s mind. But the thing is, it’s always been a priority for Kazmierski. Now, he’s taking it to the next level.

“I can be a worrier sometimes,” says Kazmierski. “And I wasn’t going to walk into an office that my patients, my staff or myself wouldn’t feel safe in.”

His land, sea and air protection plan means implementing new tools in the office – and sticking to old cleaning practices – to keep patients safe. Air: a new HVAC system cleans the air as it keeps the office cool. Sea: a new protective shield (invented by Kazmierski!) stops any germs from patients from spreading to the room during treatment. Land: Surfaces will be disinfected using standards that the office has always lived up to.


MYTH: Getting braces means wearing wires with colorful bands 24/7

Finding the right type of braces is like finding the best workout. Some people get the best results with traditional braces, but others do better with aligners that are hidden behind their teeth.

“Not every option works for everyone,” says Kazmierski. “For example, a lot of people come in wanting aligners, but don’t realize how much work they require.”

The best way to find the best fit for your teeth, says Kazmierski, is consulting with a professional. Not only is it a good way to find out the best treatment, but you can also bring up any concerns you have. (Plus, you don’t have to commit to braces just because you have a consultation.)


MYTH: “I can’t get braces, I’m not a teenager”

We get it – no one wants to relive their teenage years. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your smile. “Every adult that comes in for braces, even 20-year-olds, says they’re too old. But it’s just not true.” Kazmierski says.

Age is just a number – just ask Kazmierski’s oldest patient (she’s 83!). The orthodontist says about 1 in 5 of his patients are adults, and he even thinks your maturity could make your experience with braces better. “Sometimes, when the patient is older, it means they’ll be more responsible when it comes to sticking with the program.”


MYTH: Braces are just for people who want pretty teeth

Sure, we all want to have beautiful smiles, but that’s not the only benefit that comes from wearing braces. Kazmierski reminds patients that braces can also improve overall oral health by helping to prevent gum disease and cavities.


MYTH: You’ll have to say goodbye to your favorite foods

Ok, so we’ll call this half a myth.

Yes, there are some foods you’ll have to cut from your diet when you get braces – like gum and certain candy. But there are other foods that don’t have to be ditched completely, they just require a little creativity, says Kazmierski.

Like pizza. Instead of biting on that hard crust, grab a knife and fork. And if you’re heading to all-you-can-eat wings, make sure you cut the meat from the bone instead of gnawing on them.

June 15, 2020
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