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3 Common Misunderstandings About Orthodontic Treatment

Posted on October 12, 2023

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The Internet is a great resource for finding providers and for online shopping. But, it isn’t always the best resource when it comes to information. This is certainly the case when it comes to orthodontic care and options. While there’s some amazing resources on the web, there’s also some false information, and this can lead to misunderstandings. We want to help clear those misunderstandings up. Here are three common ones followed by the truth surrounding them.

1. Orthodontic Treatment Is Only Done For Aesthetic Purposes

One of the biggest myths out there is that these types of treatments are only done to improve the appearance of the teeth or the smile. While this is certainly one of the largest benefits, it’s not the only reason it’s done. Orthodontic care can help to correct spacing issues with the teeth and alignment issues, including overbites, crossbites, and underbites. This helps to prevent cavities and potential jaw pain later in life.

2. Orthodontic Treatment Is Only for Children

Despite what you may have heard, orthodontic treatment is not solely for children or teenagers. Adults can receive and can benefit from treatment as well. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, an estimated 50% to 75% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment, regardless of their age. There are options available for children as young as seven or eight, all the way up to individuals who are elderly.

3. Your Dental Insurance Won’t Cover Orthodontic Care

Lastly, you may think that your dental insurance won’t cover your orthodontic care. This actually did have some truth in. When orthodontic care was fairly new, most insurance companies didn’t provide coverage for these types of treatments. However, in the past decade, there has been a shift. Many major dental insurance providers now offer some coverage for orthodontic care. Check your policy to find out if it is covered and how much coverage is offered.

You shouldn’t believe every myth that you hear about orthodontic care, options, costs, or treatments, especially if it’s something that you read online. Instead, you should consult with an orthodontist and ask them specific questions about any orthodontic treatment you or a child may need. If a dentist has told you that you could benefit from orthodontic care, let us help you find the best options. Call Jacaranda Smiles today to get started.

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