5 Myths About Orthodontic Treatment

5 Myths About Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 01/01/2018
Are you considering orthodontic treatment for an alignment problem?

Do you have braces or Invisalign to correct crooked or misaligned teeth?

Are you looking for an orthodontist for adult braces in Ann Arbor, but haven’t found a practice with doctors you can trust?

Having issues with your teeth can be frustrating, and we know it can sometimes cause low self-esteem. At Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, we can help get you a beautiful smile that you’ll want to show off!

Here’s some common myths about orthodontic treatment:

1.    Myth: anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist.
Fact: general dentists or online companies can offer braces or aligners, but only an orthodontist who has taken the additional years of advances training at an accredited residency can call themselves an orthodontic specialist or be a member of the AAO.

2.    Myth: orthodontists are expensive.
Fact: AAO orthodontists are unique health care providers who carefully customize their patients’ treatment plans and as a result, their fees directly reflect the complexity of each case. From simple cases which only take months to treat, to very difficult ones which may take a couple of years, the benefits of having an expert provide your orthodontic care will be well worth it.

3.    Myth: office visits are not necessary to get straight teeth.
Fact: the truth is, no visits mean no monitoring, and that’s no good! The reality is that the health of your gums, teeth and jaws cannot be monitored during treatment if you’re never seen by a qualified orthodontist. Even the most carefully planned treatments need to be closely monitored to ensure that your treatment stays on course. These visits must be completed by a trained orthodontist should a problem arise or a mid-course treatment correction be needed.

4.    Myth: orthodontic treatment always takes several years.
Fact: treatment requires careful, controlled movements of the teeth to ensure they are moving into proper positions. From simple cases (which may take a few months to treat) to the most complex cases (which could take longer), your AAO orthodontist has the training, experience, and skill to deliver an excellent result in the shortest amount of time. It’s not worth the risk to have someone who attempts to do orthodontics as a side business because of the possible irreversible damage that could occur.

5.   Myth: orthodontic treatment is purely cosmetic.
Fact: there’s so much more to orthodontic treatment than meets the eye! An improved appearance is the most obvious result. But when teeth and jaws are aligned, it means function (biting, chewing, speaking) is improved too – a dual treatment benefit.

If you’re considering orthodontic work, make sure you have all the facts! At Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, we work hard to create an environment that makes you feel welcome and at ease. If you’re in need of adult braces in Ann Arbor, we can help put you on the path to straightened teeth and a beautiful smile!