Did you know there are several misconceptions about orthodontists out there? There are and often it is all because people still think of orthodontists like they are a dentist. The truth is that only one in three dentists is an orthodontist because of the training. Just, what are some of the misconceptions about the orthodontist that need to be set straight?
The team here at John Redmond Orthodontics wants to set a few facts straight so you know what you are getting into when you see an orthodontist. Don’t worry, there is nothing scary about the facts you’ll read down below.
4 of Common Myths
- Orthodontic Treatment Is Purely Aesthetic
While yes, we want to give you the best smile possible it isn’t just because it makes you look good. When the teeth and jaw are aligned properly it leads to improvement in their functioning. This means that you can chew better, bite better, speak clearer, and overall have better oral health. No one thinks about how a straight smile can help benefit your overall health but it can. There is research out there that proves a straight smile can increase self-esteem too. The more confident you feel in yourself, the better you feel overall.
- Orthodontic Care Is Expensive
Yes, orthodontists do cost more than a dentist, but the treatment cost reflects the complexity of each case. For some people that is a higher cost while for others it is a simple fix. In many cases, the orthodontist offers free consultations to help you evaluate your issues and treatment options. From there most are willing to work with you and find a payment plan that works for you. If you find yourself without those options then it is best to look into another orthodontist.
- Anyone Who Provides Braces Is an Orthodontist
This simply isn’t the case. Yes, your general dentist can offer braces or even Invisalign. However, that doesn’t make them an orthodontist. See, while a general dentist and orthodontist have the same initial training the orthodontist has more specialized training. Ask yourself this: would you rather have your family doctor perform brain surgery or would you prefer a neurosurgeon? The answer is you want someone with training. Don’t think of your teeth any differently. The better someone treats your teeth to help you get the smile you want the better your health will be in the long run.
- Treatment Takes Years
Most treatment plans should not take more than two years to complete. Now, that does mean that you have to follow the instructions and do what you need to do, or it lasts longer. Most times, the treatment only takes months. As long as you do what you are told to do at home and are consistent with your appointments the treatment won’t take years to complete.
If you have found yourself in need of finding an orthodontist, reach out to John Redmond Orthodontics for a free consultation.