Since Orthodontic awareness month is coming to a close; we would like to leave you with the answers to the seven most popular myths about orthodontic treatment!
- Anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist.
This is FALSE. While dentists are offering aligners or Invisalign© to patients, only orthodontists who have taken additional years of advanced training at an accredited residency can call themselves a specialist or an orthodontist. By Choosing an AAO orthodontist, you are choosing a specialist who possesses the skills and experience to give you the best smile possible.
- Orthodontist’s are expensive.
Orthodontist’s are unique healthcare providers who customize their patients’ treatment plans and as a result, the fees charged are reflective of the complexity of the case. From simple cases that take only a matter of months to more difficult ones that could take a couple of years, the benefits of having the expertise of an AAO orthodontist providing your orthodontic care will be well worth it. Zaytoun Orthodontics offers free consultations and flexible payment plans to accommodate our patients.
- Office visits are not necessary to get straight teeth.
No Visits=No Monitoring= No Good. Your overall oral health which is your gums, teeth and jaw needs to be monitored throughout treatment to make sure things are on track or to detect any issues that may arise so the orthodontist can make the appropriate corrections. Luckily with modern technology, appointment intervals can be spread as far as eight to ten weeks apart.
- Orthodontic treatment takes several years.
Orthodontic treatment involves careful and controlled movement s of the teeth to ensure they are moving into proper positions. Whether it’s a simple case that only takes a few months or a more complex case that could take a year or more, The doctors at Zaytoun Orthodontics posses the expertise, experience and training to deliver the best result. There is always a risk for patients who choose to get orthodontic treatment from dental professionals, not trained in orthodontics.
- Orthodontic treatment is purely cosmetic.
False. There is much more to treatment than meets the eye. Orthodontic treatment provided by Zaytoun Orthodontics offers benefits to a patient’s bite, better functionality overall and improved cosmetics. You deserve it all, not just one piece!
- Orthodontists only offer metal braces.
Orthodontists spend years studying and training on how to move teeth safely & properly. This makes them expertly qualified to use all the tools available to provide the best care possible for their patients. The tools that are used by orthodontists include metal braces, self-ligating braces, Invisalign©, etc. Experienced orthodontists provide the patient with the best appliance at the optimal time so the patient gets the best treatment and outcome possible.
- Orthodontic treatment is just for kids.
That is false. Patients of all ages, young and old, can benefit from orthodontic treatment! In 2014, close to 1.5 million adults were treated by orthodontists. Since adults may or may not have more complicated cases, it is imperative to see one of the doctors at Zaytoun Orthodontics so you can get the best outcome, aka, your best smile!