Most people know what happens when you go to the dentist and how often you should go. But unless you’ve had braces or know someone who has, you may have no idea what exactly goes on at the orthodontist’s office or what to expect if you get braces. As a result, there are many common myths about orthodontic treatment, and we’re here to set the record straight.
- Braces are unaffordable. This is perhaps the most well-known myth about braces, and unfortunately it keeps a lot of people from receiving the treatment they need. Obviously, there is a cost for getting braces, but most orthodontists want you to have a spectacular smile as much as you do, so they do everything in their power to make it cost-effective. Between possible insurance coverage, discounts and payment plans, braces are most likely much more affordable than you think.
- You have to wear braces for years. While this technically is true in some cases, it does not mean that all treatments will be that long. Most people who get traditional braces will wear them for 18-24 months. So, two years, not five or ten. For less serious issues, some patients can perfect their smile in as little as three to six months with Invisalign. But before you say goodbye to your orthodontist forever, read myth #3.
- Once your braces are off, you’re done. Your teeth move throughout your life and having braces doesn’t change that. To maintain the smile you achieved with wearing braces, you will most likely need to wear a retainer nightly after you get your braces off, and sometimes even more than that as soon as they are removed.
- Anyone who offers braces is an orthodontist. All orthodontists complete dental school just like dentists do. But not all dentists have the additional education needed to be licensed as an orthodontist. So even though some dentists may offer orthodontic treatment, they are not orthodontists.
- It doesn’t matter what orthodontist you go to. There are thousands of qualified orthodontists in the U.S., with several near where you live. But that doesn’t mean you should orthodontist-hop through your treatment because they might give you a better deal. Orthodontists have different treatment methods, so sticking with the one you started with will give you the best results. That being said, if you have had a bad experience with an orthodontist or feel the treatment is inadequate, you should definitely get a second opinion and consider transferring.
Have you enjoyed busting these orthodontic myths as much as we have? We hope so, because we have more records to set straight in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, if you’ve heard something about braces or orthodontics that you’re not sure is true, feel free to give us a call at (843) 4-BRACES and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.