Myth Busting in Orthodontics: Myths 11-15

Myths

It’s amazing how many myths there are about orthodontics and having braces. Here are five more:

11. Braces are only for people with crooked teeth. Just because a person’s teeth look straight doesn’t mean they don’t need braces or other orthodontic treatment. Crowded or crooked teeth toward the back of the mouth, overbites, and underbites are just a few of the issues that aren’t easily seen but can be fixed with braces. Watch our blog for more information about this subject in the upcoming weeks.

12. Kids don’t need to see an orthodontist until all of their adult teeth come in. This is one myth that really seems to make sense. Why would you have an orthodontist straighten your child’s baby teeth if they are just going to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth? In reality, there are issues not directly related to your child’s baby teeth that can and should be corrected before their adult teeth erupt.

Fixing a crossbite or expanding a narrow palate while your child is young are just two of the treatments that a child benefits from doing at an early age. Other things like extracting baby teeth selectively will enable their adult teeth to erupt in a better position. They will most likely still need braces when they are older, but bringing your child to see an orthodontist around age seven can alleviate some problems down the road and decrease their time in braces later.

13. You need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist. While your dentist or your child’s dentist may recommend seeing an orthodontist, you don’t need a referral to schedule a consultation. And if your dentist recommends a particular orthodontist, that doesn’t mean you have to go there, it is simply a recommendation. It’s important to find an orthodontist who is right for you.

14. You can straighten your teeth effectively without seeing an orthodontist. We covered this topic in more depth earlier on our blog. There are companies that now offer mail-order orthodontic treatment. You take the impressions yourself and send them in and they send you a set of trays to wear for a certain period of time. While this may seem like a cheaper and more convenient option, we don’t think the treatment is nearly as effective as having regular appointments with an orthodontist. There are also risks involved by being treated without the guidance of a professional.

15. Your braces will get locked if you kiss someone else with braces. This is a good myth to bust right before Valentine’s Day! You may have read this in a book or seen it on the movies, two star-crossed lovers finally have their first kiss only to find themselves stuck together by their braces. The possibility of this actually happening are slim to none. The brackets and wires are kept close to your teeth and do not have edges or loose ends to get caught on someone else’s braces.

Have you heard something about orthodontic treatment or braces that you’re wondering is true or not? Please don’t hesitate to call our office at (843) 4-BRACES to find out. You can also check out our other myth busting articles: Myth Busting in Orthodontics: Myths 1-5 and Myth Busting in Orthodontics: Myths 6-10.

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