5 Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

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5 Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

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5 Myths About Orthodontic Treatment Dentist Grand RapidsYou wouldn’t believe how many patients are dissuaded from orthodontic treatment based on myths they hear from friends, family members, and co-workers.

Fortunately, our dentist orthodontists are here to set the record straight so you have the facts you need to make an informed decision for your smile.

Continue reading to see if you recognize any of these common myths and to learn how they are anything but the truth.

1.) It’ll take too long to straighten teeth.

Not so fast! While it may have taken your neighbor’s kid all of middle and high school to straighten their teeth, that doesn’t mean the same will be true for you. First of all, it’s never too late to get adult braces. Second of all, you never know how much time it’ll take to achieve the beautifully straight smile you’ve always dreamed of until you sit down with your dentist to discuss orthodontic treatment. Each patient is different.

If you choose Invisalign braces, be sure to wear your clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to achieve the results you want. Otherwise, your teeth won’t move according to schedule and your progress will fall behind. Whether you get traditional teeth braces or Invisalign, your dentist orthodontist will carefully plan and monitor treatment to safely move your teeth.

2.) Only braces can straighten teeth.

If you think you would feel self-conscious with metal braces, ask our Invisalign dentist about clear aligners. Clear aligners from Invisalign allow you to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into perfect alignment. Schedule a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists to learn if clear aligners are right for your smile.

3.) Adults can’t straighten teeth.

It’s never too late to straighten teeth and improve your oral health. In fact, plenty of our adult patients ask for Invisalign. Invisalign is subtle enough that it can be worn without being noticed by friends, family, and co-workers. We offer Invisalign and other orthodontia services so you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

4.) Braces only change your appearance.

Braces affect so much more than just your appearance (although that’s nice too). Teeth braces also affect your oral health. When teeth are crowded, it can be difficult trying to floss. If you neglect flossing altogether, dental plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that increases your risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, dental braces and Invisalign can straighten teeth so you can practice better oral hygiene.

5.) I can safely straighten teeth on my own.

The most dangerous myth about orthodontics is that you can safely move teeth without your dentist orthodontist. The truth is that using a DIY kit off the internet could permanently damage your smile. The safest way to move teeth is to see one of our dentist orthodontists for treatment. We’ll make sure your teeth are safely moved into optimal alignment so you can smile with confidence.

Our dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile by offering a range of orthodontia services. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, call GR Family Dental at (616) 455-3020.