Orthodontic Myth Busters

MythfactMany have opinions about orthodontists based on all sorts of information, and some are not always accurate.

Here are some facts to bust the myths…

Myth: My family dentist can put braces on and straighten my teeth.

Fact: Sure any dentist can put a brace on a tooth and attempt to straighten things out. However, a licensed orthodontist has taken advanced courses on facial growth and development and knows how to make your teeth fit and function together properly. An orthodontist doesn’t do general dentistry, but limits their practice to the alignment of teeth and jaws. They not only know how to straighten teeth, but also how to make sure they stay that way.

Myth: Orthodontists are only required for complex orthodontic cases.

Fact: Orthodontists treat both simple and complex cases. They are educated to recognize the differences in various cases and the type of treatment required. With their expertise and experience, they know how to handle every situation, no matter how challenging.

Myth: Braces are painful and the treatment time is many years.

Fact: New wire and materials technology make wearing braces more comfortable than ever before. After a short adjustment period, patients easily get used to their appliances. No two patients are the same, so treatment time varies from person to person. With good cooperation, full treatment usually is complete within 18 months.

Myth: Braces are unattractive.

Fact: Clear ceramics, advanced plastics and tooth-colored wires can be used to make braces almost invisible.

Myth: I am too old for braces, they’re just for kids.

Fact: Not true! You are never too old for braces. Many adults choose orthodontics to achieve a youthful and attractive smile. In reality about 15% of our practice is adult patients.

Myth: Orthodontists charge more than general dentists for treatment.

Fact: It’s not the same work. The value in seeing an orthodontist is that the orthodontist is a highly skilled expert, who limits their practice exclusively to treating malocclusions. An orthodontist is experienced in the art of dental form, function and the creation of a wonderful smile.

When your teeth are crooked or you have an improper bite, consider orthodontic treatment to restore your smile. You can relax, knowing that most of the myths about braces aren’t true. Deciding to pursue orthodontic treatment will enhance your lifestyle and allow your confidence to shine through with a beautiful smile.

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