Myths and Misconceptions about Orthodontic Treatment
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Myths and Misconceptions about Orthodontic Treatment

Young lady in dental chair with staff in backgroundThe advancement in orthodontic device technology is quite impressive in recent years. Because of all the devices and treatments available today it has become increasingly popular for people of all ages to begin orthodontic treatment. Although everyone may want a beautiful smile there are some misconceptions regarding orthodontic treatment that deters many from achieving this goal. Here are 4 orthodontic myths you shouldn’t be worried about.

Myth #1 – An Orthodontist and a Family Dentist are the Same

Although dentists and orthodontists share the same goals, the treatment and paths to achieve them are very different. These professionals all want to help their patients have beautiful and healthy smiles while specializing in different aspects of oral health care. For example, a dentist would be more focused on treating oral health issues such as dental cleanings, gum disease, and tooth decay. While an orthodontist would focus on issues like tooth misalignment, which can also lead to many additional problems such as trouble chewing and even speaking.

Myth #2 – Orthodontic Treatment Lasts Forever

Every individual needing orthodontic treatment is very different which means that there is no treatment plan or timeline that will be the same for everyone. The length of time needed for orthodontic treatment is dependent on factors like the severity of dental issues and how fast teeth move into place. The average time an orthodontic patient wears braces is 2 years. But considering the long-lasting benefits of having a healthy and beautiful smile, it takes almost no time at all.

Myth #3 – Only Adolescents Receive Orthodontic Treatment

It is true that the majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment are children and teens, but this is rapidly changing with the advancement of orthodontic device technology. Tooth misalignment happens for all ages and with the recent introduction of devices like clear, more inconspicuous orthodontic hardware, adults are feeling more comfortable receiving treatment and are feeling more confident as a result.

Myth #4 – Kids Need All Adult Teeth Before Visiting an Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists is now recommending that children visit an orthodontist to receive an evaluation by the age of 7. An orthodontist will be able to map any potential issues a child may have even if the child still has their baby teeth. If any potential problems are discovered, this will allow an orthodontist to more easily and efficiently treat the dental health issue resulting in a healthier and more beautiful smile for many years to come.

It is important that your child receive dental cleanings and checkups even during orthodontic treatment. To make an appointment for your child to visit Little Smiles of Delaware, please contact our Delaware, Ohio office today. 

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