There are some common orthodontic treatment myths that may prevent you from getting the treatment you need to correct your smile. According to the CDC, about 86% of children between the ages of two and 17 went to the dentist last year. However, many children and adults are in need of braces that never make it to the orthodontist because certain myths persist. Here are the most common myths debunked.
While teenagers make up the largest population of brace wearers, the teen years by far are not the only time braces can be a highly effective orthodontic treatment. As a matter of fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients are adults, according to the Orthodontic Association of America. Children should start seeing an orthodontist around the age of seven, and it’s never too late to have their teeth corrected. Don’t believe the myth that only teenagers wear braces. Many people could benefit from orthodontic treatment at any point during their lives.
Another big myth about orthodontic treatment is that braces are a constant source of pain. The fact is you may experience some minor discomfort or feeling of pressure from braces, but it’s easily managed with over-the-counter pain meds. Braces should not be painful. There is a period of adjustment to new braces, but you should never be in pain, even during that period. If your discomfort is extreme, contact your orthodontist! Don’t avoid getting braces because you believe the myth that you will always be in pain.
Teeth that are misaligned don’t shift into the proper position and will most likely get worse with time. The teeth will move further from the right position as you age and the only way to get a straight smile is through the proper orthodontic treatments. This is why seeing a pediatric dentist starting at a young age is crucial to reduce future issues. Other myths that need to be dispelled are the idea that a general dentist can provide orthodontic treatments. You must see an orthodontist to get braces and other treatments to correct overbites, underbites, cross bites, and misalignments.
Don’t let orthodontic myths keep you from getting the healthy, straight smile you deserve. Learn the facts about orthodontic treatments by scheduling an appointment with a trusted orthodontist. Call us today to work with a pediatric dentist or orthodontist and set you or your child on the path to a healthier, happier smile!
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