If you or a loved one needs orthodontic treatment, you probably have a basic understanding of what that process entails. Most people have a concept of traditional braces and how they work to straighten teeth. Often, people have inaccurate ideas about orthodontic treatment. Understanding fact versus fiction will make your experience more pleasant.
Myth: If my braces don’t hurt, they aren’t working.
Fact: At one time, people wearing braces had to endure stiff wires, which exerted heavy pressure and caused discomfort. With modern, flexible wires, you will feel very little pain, if any, as your teeth move into the correct position.
Myth: The space between my teeth will close right away.
Fact: Once they get braces, many individuals expect the spaces to start closing immediately. It takes time for teeth to start moving.
Myth: After braces, my smile will stay perfect forever.
Fact: Your teeth are connected to bone by elastic fibers. After treatment, these fibers may try to shift the teeth back into the incorrect position. Wearing your retainer as instructed will keep your gorgeous smile intact.
Myth: My family dentist can take care of my orthodontic treatment.
Fact: Just as you wouldn’t see your general physician for a heart problem, you need to have an orthodontist assess your situation. Orthodontists have an extra two years of training in dealing with bite and alignment issues. In addition, Dr. Mehdi Fotovat and Dr. Victor Sands have been clinical instructors in the past.
Myth: Metal braces are the only option for treatment.
Fact: As orthodontic care has advanced, other choices have become available to give patients the beautiful smiles they desire. Ceramic brackets, lingual braces, and Invisalign clear aligners can allow correct misalignment and straighten teeth. After evaluating your mouth, your orthodontist will review your case and explain the best options.