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7 Common Questions And Myths About Orthodontic Treatments

When people are interested in getting Braces or Invisalign, they often have multiple questions to ask their Orthodontist. While asking questions is great, Orthodontists often get asked the same common questions. We are here to tell you about the 7 common myths about orthodontic treatments.

Patient with clear braces treatment, looking at camera.

1. Can Anyone Provide Braces And Aligners, Not Just An Orthodontist?

This is false. Only an Orthodontist who has had
advanced training at an accredited residency can call themselves an
Orthodontist specialist or be a member of the American Association of
Orthodontists (AAO). Making sure that your Orthodontist is an AAO member is
crucial not only for your future beautiful smile, but more importantly your
safety.

2. The Orthodontist Is Expensive

Most AAO Orthodontists offer free consultations and flexible payment plans. Most offices are willing to work with their patients to help them achieve the beautiful smile they desire. AAO Orthodontists carefully customize their patients’ treatment plans, and the fees will depend on the complexity of specific cases. 

3. You Don’t Need To Go To See Your Orthodontist
Often

In the past, patients needed to have monthly
check ups to see their Orthodontist. The good news is that today’s technology
allows patients to extend their appointments to about 8-10 weeks. Your teeth
are shifting often, so your Orthodontist wants to see you frequently to be sure
that your treatment stays on course.

4. Treatment Takes Several Years

The time of how long you need to wear your braces
will depend on the severity of the treatment that is needed. And of course, if
you are not skipping your scheduled appointments. From simple cases that may
only take a few months, to more complex treatments that can take much longer.
Your AAO Orthodontist has all the right experience, training and skills to
deliver amazing results in the shortest amount of time possible. Remember that
one of their goals is to make you happy with your smile, which also includes
getting your treatment done in a safe, timely manner.

5. Orthodontic Treatment is Mainly A Cosmetic Reason

While most individuals think that Orthodontic
treatments are to simply only achieve a beautiful smile, there’s much more that
meets the eye. While improved appearance is the most obvious result, you’d be
surprised  to learn that when your teeth
and jaws are aligned right, it means a proper functioning mouth like: chewing,
biting and your speaking is improved. That means that you receive a dual
treatment!

6. Orthodontists Only Offer Metal Braces

At our Orthodontist office, you will find that we offer four different types of braces for everyone’s individual needs. These four options include: Invisalignceramic bracesregular braces, and six in 6. Invisalign are seen as the clear alternative to braces, which we see a lot of adults getting. Ceramic braces are translucent and also very popular with our adult patients. Our regular braces are our most common type of braces made out of stainless steel. And lastly, we offer six in 6. Six in 6 are our clear braces that gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

7. Orthodontic Treatments Are Strictly For Kids Only

This is very much false. We at the Orthodontic Center of OC have a ton of adult patients. While it is more common to have younger patients, we love helping our adult patients achieve the smile that they have always desired. Whether our patient is young or old, anyone can benefit from an Orthodontic treatment!

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