Because dental technology has come such a long way in recent years, orthodontic treatment has become more and more popular. There are many different and more subtle types of orthodontics available than just the traditional metal braces of the past. Even with this increasing popularity, there are still myths and misconceptions about orthodontic treatment. In this article, we’ll dispel 4 of the most common myths about braces and provide you with the accurate information!
Myth – Orthodontists are the same as family dentists – Dentists all have one same goal – to help our patients have healthy, clean, and beautiful smiles! Different specialists will go about achieving this goal in different ways. A family dentist like Dr. Behnaz Raisdana here at Auburn Family Dental treat oral health issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and dental cavities. Orthodontists treat issues like tooth crowding, jaw misalignment, and irregular bite patterns.
Myth – Orthodontics are only for adolescents and teens – While the majority of orthodontic patients are indeed teens and adolescents, there has been a large increase in the number of adult orthodontic patients. This is because adults are able to feel more comfortable wearing clear, more inconspicuous orthodontics.
Myth – Orthodontic treatment takes forever – Obviously your treatment time will depend on your individual circumstances as well as on the type of orthodontic treatment you’ll be undergoing. However, the average length of treatment is usually around 2 years. This is a small investment to make for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime!
Myth – Kids must have all their adult teeth before seeing the orthodontic – This is not only a myth, but the American Association of Orthodontists has actually recommended that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. An orthodontist is able to map out any potential orthodontic problems your child may suffer from, whether all their teeth have come in or not. In fact, the earlier an orthodontic problem can be detected, the earlier and more easily it can be treated.
If the above misconceptions have been preventing you from receiving an orthodontic evaluation, don’t let them hold you back any longer! To learn more about achieving the smile you’ve always wanted or to make an appointment for your family to receive a dental cleaning and exam, please don’t hesitate to contact Auburn Family Dental here in Wichita, Kansas.