Braces have a bad rap. Over the years, images of headgear and nerd association have made braces seem more like costumery than cosmetic. There are many misconceptions that scare people from choosing to go down the road of brace life. Dr. Katherine Rand and her team want to help spread the word about orthodontics, and remove the stigma associated with wearing braces. Long gone are the days of traditional, old school braces. The way braces work has changed so much in just the last couple of years, and we’d like to clear up a few misconceptions.
Misconception 1- My Orthodontist Is Just Like the Family Dentist
Sure, both the Dentist and the Orthodontist have the same goal; lifelong oral health. But the way each goes about achieving that goal is very different. Whereas a dentist works with patients to prevent and treat a variety of oral hygiene and health issues, an orthodontist addresses alignment. By correcting alignment issues, an orthodontist helps patients with health issues like crowded teeth, bite problems, and speech impediments. Dentists focus more on gum disease, tooth decay, and other common oral health problems.
Misconception 2- Only Kids Can Have Braces
If you walked into an Orthodontist’s office, you’ll probably see a few kids with their parents. But the last few years, adults have begun deciding to fix their smiles later in life. Crooked teeth can be fixed at any age!
Misconception 3- Braces Take a Very Long Time
While treatment length depends on the severity of each case, the majority of patients have braces for about 2 years. While two years may seem like a long time, your time will depend on how long your teeth move. Every case is different, and either way, the time to have braces is small in comparison to a lifetime of happiness with a beautiful smile!
Misconception 4- Children Have to Have All of Their Adult Teeth To Get Braces
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an Orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of 7. When this early evaluation happens, it allows the orthodontist to treat any problems early on while the jaw is still growing and the adult teeth aren’t already in place.
Misconception 5- It’s Just Not Worth the Money
While orthodontic treatment may not be cheap, there are far many more pros than cons. Ask anyone who has had braces if it was worth the money. Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy your child a happy & beautiful smile!
For more information on braces, don’t hesitate to give West Seneca Orthodontics a call. We can consult with you or your child to see what type of treatment plan could be best for you. In addition to traditional braces, we also offer Invisalign, Incognito, and other new forms of braces that aren’t as noticeable. As we said, braces have come a long way in the last ten years or so. Let’s get in touch, we’d love to have you in the office sometime!