Common Misconceptions About Orthodontics

There are many misconceptions about orthodontic treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are an estimated 4 million Americans who are currently wearing braces. Many of these people likely had doubts about a few misconceptions. Let’s look into a few of the most common ones.

Orthodontic Treatment Is Strictly Cosmetic

While orthodontics can give you the beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed of, that’s just the beginning. It’s also an effective treatment to correct jaw and bite issues as well as overcrowding. Did you know that misaligned teeth can create problems for your bite and your jaw? Straight teeth not only look good, but they also help you maintain good dental health. Yes, there are many cosmetic benefits that come with straight teeth, and having orthodontics can help you enjoy oral health for many years to come.

Effective Treatment Is Very Costly

No one is saying that braces aren’t inexpensive, but treatment is often less costly than many people think. There are many ways to pay for braces, and more insurance companies than ever are offering coverage for the treatment. If you’re concerned about the cost of treatment, it’s worthwhile to have a conversation with your orthodontist before deciding not to move forward. Many offices offer flexible payment terms or interest-free financing for braces. It’s worth the effort to find out if there’s a payment option that works for you. The long-term benefits of treatment are worth it!

Successful Treatment Can Take Years

Orthodontics isn’t an overnight solution, but treatment doesn’t usually last as long as many people fear. And, with the many improvements and developments that have been made in the past few years, the time period needed is even shorter. In many cases, patients can expect treatment to last anywhere from six to 18 months. This time may include braces as well as follow-up treatments like retainers and other less-intense devices than braces. Now’s an ideal time to talk to your local orthodontist about how braces can help improve your oral health and what the treatment experience would look like for you.

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