There are many myths surrounding orthodontics. While some of these myths may be entertaining, it is important to recognize that most myths lack elements of truth and some can even be completely false. Still, others may also have some truth to them. When it comes to orthodontics, it can be hard to decipher facts from myths unless you’re an orthodontist. Therefore, we’ve compiled some of the most popular myths surrounding orthodontics:
Mail order orthodontics work
While some people may notice results from mail order orthodontics, they are not effective for the vast majority of people. This is because when it comes to a successful orthodontic treatment, the appointments matter just as much as the appliance. During your appointment, your orthodontist is closely monitoring your treatment to make adjustments as necessary. In some cases, certain complications can occur that can easily be corrected by an experienced orthodontist. Unfortunately, mail order orthodontics do not offer appointments, which means that treatment results can deviate from the predicted treatment plan.
Orthodontic appliances are only provided by orthodontists
Orthodontists are specialists in the proper alignment of the teeth and bite that use orthodontic appliances to improve the position of the teeth and bite. With that being said, they are not the only dental professionals that can provide patients with orthodontic appliances. In fact, many general dentists now offer Invisalign treatment through their offices. However, when it comes to getting the best orthodontic treatment, you should visit an orthodontist.
Braces and Invisalign are the only two orthodontic appliances
Braces and Invisalign may be two of the most popular orthodontic appliances, however there are various orthodontic appliances. Some of these appliances are fixed into the mouth, while others may be removable.
Orthodontics is cosmetic
While orthodontics can definitely improve the look of your smile, it offers far more than just aesthtics. In addition to improving the look of your smile, orthodontic treatment aligns your teeth to prevent damage and premature enamel wear, as well as to make it easier to keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay. Orthodontis also minimizes the risk of temporomandubluar joint disorder (TMD)by repositioning the jaw.
Orthodontics are only for teens
Yes, orthodontics are definitely popular in teenagers, since this is the optimal time to undergo orthodontic treatment. However, this does not mean that orthodontic treatment is only used for teens. In fact, early orthodontic treatment can be performed on children before active orthodontic treatment to help prepare their teeth and minimize the amount of treatment needed in the future. Not only that, but the American Association of Orthodontics found that as many as 1.5 million adults had orthodontic treatment in 2014.
It costs too much to see an orthodontist
There are varying costs to see an orthodontist. The total cost of your treatment can depend upon factors such as the treatment method and the type or extent of orthodontic work required to obtain the desired results. Many orthodontists offer free consultations to evaluate your smile and provide you with a quote for the cost. Some orthodontists even offer various payment plans to make their costs more affordable to patients.
Dr. Williams is current with all of the latest techniques and theories in the practice of orthodontics and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality of orthodontic care to every patient.