Orthodontic treatment is more popular now than ever before. This can be credited to the wide array of orthodontic devices that are available now, including clear braces and Invisalign. However, even with this growth in popularity, there are still no shortage of myths and misconceptions regarding orthodontics. Here at Garlock Orthodontics, we believe that the more well-informed our patients and their parents are, the better the result will be.
Myths about Orthodontic Treatment
Below are a few of the most common myths and misconceptions about braces and other types of orthodontic care:
- Orthodontists and family dentists are the same – While the goal of every dentist is the same (to make sure patients have healthy and beautiful smiles), different dental specialists will reach this goal in different ways. General dentists treat dental health diseases like gum disease, tooth decay, and dental cleanings. Orthodontists treat issues like tooth misalignment, overbites, crossbites, and other alignment problems.
- Orthodontic treatment lasts too long – The length of time that you’ll wear your orthodontic braces will depend on your age, the severity of the dental issues, and how quickly teeth will adjust. The average orthodontic patient wears braces for around 2 years, but it may last longer or shorter than this time period.
- Orthodontics are only for adolescents and teens – While most of the patients we see are indeed teenagers, we have been noticing an increase in adult orthodontic patients. This is because adults can feel more comfortable wearing clear braces and other less obvious orthodontic hardware.
- Kids have to have all of their teeth before visiting the orthodontist – Lastly, the American Association of Orthodontics has recommended that children first get an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7. This allows the orthodontist to map out any potential orthodontic problems your child may have with their adult teeth.
For more information about orthodontic treatment, or to make an appointment for a consultation here at our Aurora, Colorado orthodontic office, please contact Garlock Orthodontics today. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!