Orthodontic treatment myths are always floating around the outside world. That’s why when patients come in to address these common rumors, we aren’t surprised. But we do like to set the record straight. Because some orthodontic treatment myths keep patients from getting the treatment they need and deserve to have the perfect smile. Here’s a look at the most common orthodontic treatment myth and the truth behind them.
Most Common Orthodontic Treatment Myths
They range from talks about how long treatment takes to who can perform treatment. While we’re sure there are more floating around, these are the most common orthodontic treatment myths we have heard from our patients.
Myth 1:The only way braces work is when they hurt.
Truth:This myth came because wearing braces was often known to be a painful process. Luckily technological and medical advances have fixed that. There is a significant decrease in the amount of discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment. And braces work even without the pain.
Myth 2: Braces need to be tight to work.
Truth: Braces can actually cause damage if they are too tight. Making them tight wont fix alignment issues any faster than making them comfortable.
Myth 3: Braces wires need constant changing.
Truth: Older methods of orthodontic treatment required that wires needed to be changed often. Thanks to the advances in orthodontics, the materials used today only require occasional changing for wires.
Myth 4: Braces are the sole treatment for alignment issues.
Truth: While they are the most common treatment, there are now alternative treatments available. Invisalign is an example of a popular treatment option as an alternative to braces.
Myth 5: Braces are a permanent solution.
Truth: Many patients require additional follow-up treatment after braces. Alignment issues can return by a force of nature. Retainers help keep orthodontic treatment in place.
Myth 6: My braces removal date is set in stone.
Truth: The timeline for orthodontic treatment is only an estimate. There are a number of factors that can speed up treatment or delay it. While your orthodontist can give you a reasonable estimate of when your treatment will be complete, it is only an estimate and may change.
Myth 7: Orthodontists are interchangeable.
Truth: You are always free to change orthodontists whenever you want. But all orthodontists use different methods of treatment and handle their treatments differently based on their professional style. For the sake of your teeth, it is best to choose one orthodontist and stick with them through the course of your treatment.
Orthodontic treatment myths will always be a part of the buzz. If you have any concerns about orthodontic treatment or have questions regarding something you’ve heard, talk to a professional, qualified orthodontist before you proceed. Dispelling orthodontic treatment myths can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, or ease the anxiety during your orthodontic treatment.