The reality is that most people out there have false ideas and thoughts when it comes to orthodontic treatment because they have based their opinions on myths rather than the facts. The whole purpose of this article is to distinguish between the myths and the facts so you can be better informed
If you’re in a rush and don’t have the time to read this article then check out this quick one minute video where Dr Kesa busts some of the most common myths when it come to orthodontic treatment…
Myth Number 1: You Only Need an Orthodontist If Your Teeth Are Severely Crooked!
Fact Number 1: The reality is that orthodontists can and do treat both simple and complicated cases. They go through on average about 10 years of education which enables them to distinguish between simple and complicated issues, and then provide the correct treatment.
Because of their education and years of experience, they know exactly what to do no matter how crooked the patients teeth may be!
Myth Number 2: Your Local Dentist Can Align Your Teeth As Quickly and as Easily as Any Orthodontist
Fact Number 2: The reality is that your dentist has only been to dental school whereas your orthodontist has not only gone to dental school, but has had to go through years of additional training to get the knowledge and expertise required to help align your teeth perfectly and safely!
Orthodontists have to go through 3 or more years of additional education and training from an accredited institution of orthodontics!
Dentistry is a very broad subject, whereas orthodontics is a small speciality where the individual who masters it focuses specifically on learning everything there is to know about straightening teeth and correcting bite problems.
Your local family dentist will only see maybe a couple of minor cases to do with straightening teeth a year, but your orthodontist may see 100’s every single year! You tell me… which professional would you rather have working on your teeth?
Because orthodontists are in the business of straitening teeth, they are aware of all the latest technological developments in the industry which ultimately means that their patients are always going to be getting the absolute best treatment possible.
Orthodontists have deep knowledge about things like braces, retainers and Invisalign aligners… a lot more than your local dentist would have.
Of course over the years as orthodontists get more and more experience, they not only increase their expertise, but they also increase their knowledge through taking new courses to get them up to speed with the latest developments and best practices.
Myth Number 3: Braces Are For Kids Only
Fact Number 3: Obviously this is a massive misconception. While the vast majority of the patients that get braces are indeed kids, it doesn’t mean that adults can’t get orthodontic treatment to straighten out their teeth.
These days you are going to find that almost 20% of the people that get braces are in fact adults!
Myth Number 4: If there is a massive magnet above a person with braces then they will automatically be pulled and get stuck to the magnet because of their braces.
Fact Number 4: You’ll be glad to know that this is a just a funny myth and the reality is that the materials that are used in your braces these days are completely non-magnetic. Therefore if this unlikely scenario was to ever occur, you’d be completely safe. Heck, when did you ever hear of a giant magnet going around over people!
Myth Number 5: Braces are very, very painful and you’re going to have to wear them for years and years.
Fact Number 5: The reality is that once you go through the adjustment phase then you’ll barely notice that they are even there. How long you’re going to have to wear the braces varies from case to case. Some have to wear them for years but many for only a few months at most.
Myth Number 6: You will be able to connect to the Internet wherever you are using signals from your braces!
Fact Number 6: Now this would be a dream come true but the reality is a little different! Unfortunately this isn’t possible just yet but who knows maybe sometime in the near future.
Myth Number 7: Braces look terrible and everyone will notice them and laugh when you are out and about or in an important meeting.
Fact Number 7: No longer do we live in a time where you are going to have to get metal braces. The reality is that these days you have the option of getting clear ceramic braces which make them literally almost invisible to the naked eye! In fact one of the latest advances in modern orthodontics is that you do have the option to get braces that are placed on the insides of your teeth so nobody will ever know you are getting your teeth straightened!
Myth Number 8: Any local dentist can become a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.
Fact Number 8: The reality is a little different, in that only a fully qualified orthodontist can actually become a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.
Myth Number 9: Only people who are vain get braces.
Fact Number 9: While getting braces does perfect an individual’s smile, the reality is that it also helps to improve the alignment of the teeth and correct bite issues, which inevitably improve the overal health of the mouth.