Did you know that there are many myths in the world of orthodontics. Unfortunately, there are many things people think are true in this field of dentistry, which are actually not true. Throughout the years, orthodontic work has advanced tremendously, and the works orthodontists were doing years ago are not the same practices they necessarily do today. Orthodontics is a changing field.
With that said, our team wanted to share some common myths people have about orthodontists and orthodontics. With each myth, we will reveal the truth behind the myth!
Myth: Orthodontic work is only for children under 18.
Truth: Although most common in children and teenagers, orthodontists treat adults. A human’s teeth never stop moving, so it’s very possible to have crooked teeth later in life. As an adult, you may make the decision to get braces if your teeth changed for the worse. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 out of 5 orthodontic patients are adults. With newer technologies, like hidden or invisible braces, adults are choosing this treatment more often.
Myth: You have to wait until all your baby teeth fall out to get braces.
Truth: An orthodontist can spot dental issues early on in a child’s mouth. Braces are OK to be put on a patient as young as 7 years old.
Myth: An orthodontist and dentist are one in the same.
Truth: It is true that an orthodontist is a dentist, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontists go through two to three additional years of specialty training in an orthodontic residency program. Dentists don’t deal with teeth alignment, bite problems, overcrowding and speech impediments.
Myth: Braces are expensive.
Truth: The price reflects the type of treatment you choose and the severity of problems in your mouth. However, on average, braces range from $4,000 to $6,000. There are usually payment plans a person can sign up for that reduce the financial burden.
Do you need braces? Or, does someone in your family? Book a consult with Orthodontist Dr. Rocha today. If you live in the Southwest Florida area, she will be able to come up with a plan for your teeth. Her practice, Tower Dental Arts, is in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers. To contact the office or book an appointment, click here.