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Orthodontic Myths Debunked

September 29, 2023 5:52 am

You can achieve a stunning smile with the aid of orthodontic treatment! There are many available orthodontic options. Below, we debunk some of the most common myths about orthodontic treatment to help you separate fact from fiction!

Myth: Orthodontic Treatment Takes a Really Long Time

Fact: Duration for orthodontics varies based on the type of treatment and severity of misalignment. On average, it takes about 1-2 years. Commitment to follow-up appointments and proper oral hygiene contributes to timely results.

However, patience is key. Rushing treatment can lead to negative consequences like root resorption or undesirable results. If you have only mild misalignment, veneers may be able to give you faster results than orthodontic treatment.

Myth: Straight Teeth Are Only Cosmetically Beneficial

Fact: Beyond the aesthetic appeal of a straight smile, correcting misalignment can also lead to improved oral health. Properly aligned teeth reduce your risk of gum disease, cavities, and even jaw pain.

Myth: Orthodontic Treatment Is Painful

Fact: Orthodontic treatment requires periodic adjustments to maintain the pressure that shifts teeth into their desired positions. Discomfort is normal after adjustments, but it’s temporary and manageable. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can alleviate soreness.

Myth: Retainers Aren’t Necessary After Braces

Fact: A retainer will play a vital role in maintaining your newly aligned teeth. Your tissues need help adjusting to their new positions. Failing to use a retainer can result in regression and the need for additional treatment in the future.

Myth: Orthodontic Treatment Only Fixes Crooked Teeth

Fact: Orthodontics can address various issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and jaw pain due to a misaligned bite. Proper bite alignment enhances chewing, speech, and overall dental function!

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At Summit Family Orthodontics, we hope to help our patients make informed decisions about their dental care. To determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation!

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