What is truth and fiction when it comes to orthodontics can be a hotly debated topic! But the reality is, there are many common myths and misconceptions flying around which can paint the wrong picture. So, this month we’re breaking just a few of the most common ones we hear coming through our practice.
1. Once braces are fitted, you can “set and forget” without regular follow-up appointments
There is a common misconception that once braces are fitted, there is no ongoing maintenance required. But the reality is a lot different. Frequent follow-ups visits are crucial to making sure your orthodontic treatment is going to plan, and for us to make any necessary adjustments along the way. This may include worn-out rubber bands, analysis on teeth progression and wire adjustments. Failure to adhere to follow-up appointments can slow the progress of treatment, and may extend the time you have to wear braces.
2. Metal braces are the only option if I want straight teeth
Good news for people looking for more discreet forms of orthodontic treatment, other forms of braces such as ceramic (clear), lingual (inside), and clear aligner (Invisalign), are becoming more readily available. However, it is important to remember that each treatment is different, and you may still may need to go with a treatment that is more effective rather than appealing. An appointment with an orthodontist who offers multiple treatments, like Victoria Park Dental Specialists, is the only way one can safely determine whether metal braces are or aren’t necessary.
3. Orthodontics are only for kids and teenagers, I’m too old to get treatment now
According to the Australian Society of Orthodontists, adults over the age of 30 are the fastest growing group of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Over half of Australians (55%) feel self-conscious about their teeth, with many older Australians assuming the orthodontic window for them is too late, which simply isn’t true. The availability of more discreet forms of treatments, has made treatment easier for more adults who don’t want to feel self-conscious during the treatment period.
4. Straightening my teeth will take years and years, and will probably be unaffordable too
Most cases of braces only last between 18 months to 3 years, and only in rare cases does that figure increase to a longer timespan. More practices than ever before, now offer flexible plans for repayments that includes the costs for follow-up appointments. The orthodontic industry is highly innovative, with multiple advancements in several forms of treatments in recent years, such as Invisalign, meaning today’s patients can expect to receive far greater value for money from their treatment.
5. We have to wait until all my child’s permanent teeth come through before we can start orthodontic treatment
Early Intervention Orthodontics has grown in the leaps and bounds in recent years. Our orthodontists can identify possible functional issues when a child’s dental structure is still developing, even with baby teeth being present. By identifying issues in the initial stages of development, our orthodontists can create results for your child which, in some cases, allows them to avoid the need for braces later in life.
6. I have a dentist so I don’t need an orthodontist – they are the same
While orthodontists are qualified dentists, the two have different specialisations in regards to improving to the same goal of improving oral health. Dentists focus on the health and hygiene of one’s teeth, with the primary activities performed being cleaning, teeth whitening and fillings. Orthodontists are qualified dentists who have undergone three years extra study to practice orthodontics. Our main focus is on straightening teeth and correcting bad bites.
Learn more about what orthodontic treatments we provide, and what might be effective for you or your family member at www.victoriaparkdentalspecialists.com.au.