While the practice of orthodontia has become increasingly popular over the years, there are still many misconceptions that cause people concern. At Gilbertson and LeCornu Orthodontics, we want to dispel your concerns by addressing these common misconceptions.
Misconception #1: My orthodontist is just like my family dentist.
The Truth: While it is true that the goal of both orthodontists and dentists is to help patients achieve lifelong oral health, we go about these goals in completely different ways.
An orthodontist will help patients achieve oral health by addressing the alignment of your teeth. By correcting these issues, we are able to help patients with a variety of oral health issues including; crowded teeth, bite problems and even speech impediments.
A dentist works with patients to prevent and treat a variety of oral hygiene and health issues including; teeth cleaning, gum disease, tooth decay and other common oral health problems.
Misconception#2: Orthodontists only treat children.
The Truth: While the majority of people you will see at an orthodontist office are children and teenagers; there has been an increase in adults sliding into the orthodontist chair. Because there are many causes for crooked teeth, treatment for crooked teeth can happen at any age.
Misconception #3: My child has to wait until all their adult teeth are in place before seeing an orthodontist.
The Truth: Actually, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist for an evaluation at the age of 7. By doing so, it gives the orthodontist an opportunity to treat any problems early on while the jaw is still growing and the adult teeth are not already in place.
Misconception #4: It takes too long!
The Truth: While the duration depends on the severity of your issues and the speed in which your teeth move, the majority of patients have braces for about two years. While two years may seem like a lot, it is a miniscule amount of time for a smile that lasts a lifetime.
Misconception #5: It is not worth the expense!
The Truth: While it is not cheap, the pros far outweigh the cons. No one has ever regretted investing the money to correct his own or his child’s smile. Instead of focusing on how much you are spending, think about what you or your child will gain by having a beautiful, healthy smile. Isn’t that worth more than money can buy?