Why People Dislike Braces
There are no complaints about the functionality of braces–they remain the best way to move your teeth. But many people aren’t happy with some of the other things that come along with braces.
As adults, we think that the visibility of braces isn’t a big deal–we made it past high school, after all. But sometimes it turns out to matter more to us than we thought. Your first day of going to work wearing braces can be eye-opening.
Another thing that can be hard to deal with when you have braces is the diet restrictions. As adults, we’re used to just eating whatever we want. Not being able to satisfy our cravings can turn out to be a bigger problem than you anticipated. Some of the food restrictions with braces can even impact your health. Having to cut up raw vegetables into small pieces makes them harder to snack on. That, in turn, makes it harder to avoid the fatty, salty snacks you know you have to keep out of your diet.
The constant, needling irritation from brackets and wires can be just too much.
And then there’s the additional time and effort it takes to clean our braces. When your schedule is already busy enough, that might just be the last straw. Plus, the consequences of not cleaning your braces well enough increase as we get older. When we’re young, the risk of gum disease is less. As we get older, the risks increase. Not cleaning well around braces can put you at risk for bleeding, painful gums, even tooth loss.