Technology has progressed significantly in the past decade and braces have become more common than ever. With the introduction of clear, colored and behind the teeth treatments, there is no better time to visit an orthodontist. Here are some of the top questions about braces.
Myth: Braces are for kids
No! Most people think that braces are just for teenagers that are growing, but the fact is, adults are quickly becoming the largest segment of brace users. If you have healthy teeth and gums, then there is nothing stopping you from getting your teeth straightened.
On the other hand, if you have unhealthy gums, significant gum recession or bone loss, braces could lead to complications. It’s best to ask your dentist or orthodontist as to what they recommend.
Fact: Adult braces are increasing in popularity
Did you know that in some areas in New York, up to 90% of patients are adults? It’s quickly become a status symbol of people who have “made it”. People who could not afford them previously are now taking steps to improve their smile and dental healths.
For some, this is their second go around. Complicated cases involving surgery or simply not wearing one’s retainer are all causes of this.
Myth: My dentist can handle all my brace work
While it is technically true, remember that orthodontists go through several additional years of training. Family dentists simply don’t have the experience required to diagnose anything more than the simplest of cases.
Ask yourself this – if you were going to get eye surgery done, would you go to your family doctor? Of course not! You only have one set of teeth and they are with you for the rest of your life. Orthodontic treatments are uncomfortable enough as is – complications arising from going to a dentist may result in more cost and more time spent with treatments.
It’s not to say that dentists can’t do any of this. If your case is simple, then perhaps it might be worth it. Be sure to check on references though!
Myth: Braces are only for straightening my teeth
Braces do more than just straighten your teeth. They help align your bite so that your teeth meet at the right places which prevent premature wear and tear. They also help fix crowding and gaps in your teeth so that your gums can function properly.
Myth: Visiting an orthodontist for a consultant costs money
Most orthodontists do not charge for the first consultation. They know that it’s important for you to feel comfortable with them as treatments can span several months.
It’s in your best interests to get multiple recommendations so you can evaluate things like how they deal with treatments, the cost, the recommended treatments and so forth. Just like in dieting where you can lose weight multiple ways, there are multiple treatments available for your teeth.
During the consultation, the orthodontist will look at your teeth and mouth. They’ll then be able to tell you what needs to be done and what is involved with your treatment.
Myth: I should get Invisalign brace treatments no matter what
Unfortunately, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone. For many, traditional braces are still the right way to go, but this doesn’t mean you are relegated to the all metal ones of the past. New technologies have resulted in clear or tooth colored brackets that work just as well, but are way less noticeable.
Fact is, you shouldn’t get too hung up on bracket types or even your treatment. Trust in the treatments that your orthodontist is recommending to you. If you are uneasy, then seek a second opinion to see if they agree.