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7 Orthodontic Myths Busted

woman-with-braces-at-dentist-sq-400Many people have misconceptions about orthodontics, which can lead to unnecessary fear or lack of understanding when it comes to seeking treatment. In this blog, we’ll bust some of the most common myths about orthodontic care, so you can feel more confident in your decision-making process!

Myth: Braces are exclusively for children and adolescents.

Fact: Orthodontic treatment is not confined to a particular age bracket. Many adults also pursue orthodontic treatments to enhance their smiles and rectify dental alignment issues. For adult braces, there are many options available nowadays. Each type has its advantages and drawbacks, and the choice generally depends on clinical goals, cost, and personal preferences.

At Wavescape Orthodontics, we provide traditional braces, Spark Clear Aligners and Invisalign treatment.

Myth: Braces are painful and cause discomfort.

Fact: Although some discomfort may be experienced during the early stages of wearing braces or after adjustments, it tends to be manageable and temporary. Modern orthodontic technology has made braces more comfortable than ever.

Myth: DIY braces or aligners are a safe and efficient substitute for professional orthodontic treatment.

Fact: It may be tempting to opt for DIY braces or aligners to save money, but doing so can pose serious risks and lead to irreversible harm to the teeth, gums, and jaw. Moreover, orthodontists often have to repair the damage caused by DIY treatments, which can incur considerable costs and take years to correct.

The cost of repairing damage from DIY procedures could far outweigh the cost of proper orthodontic care from the outset. Treatment should always be conducted by a qualified professional, like Dr Riaan Foot, who can offer personalised care and oversee progress.

Myth: Orthodontic treatment takes years to finish.

Fact: The length of treatment fluctuates depending on the individual’s specific case and needs. While certain cases might require longer treatment times, advancements such as clear aligner systems can substantially shorten the treatment duration. At Wavescape Orthodontics, we can give you an estimated time frame for the completion of your teeth straightening treatment.

Myth: Retainers are unnecessary following orthodontic treatment.

Fact: Retainers are integral to preserving the outcomes achieved through orthodontic treatment. They help stop teeth from reverting to their original positions and are crucial for the long-term success of orthodontics. Retainers may have to be worn for up to two years, while the bone hardens after the removal of braces. After that, we recommend wearing the retainer once or twice a week to ensure teeth stay in their new position.

Myth: Orthodontic treatment is solely cosmetic.

Fact: Orthodontic treatment not only enhances the appearance of a smile, but also offers functional benefits. Correct alignment of the teeth and jaws can boost oral health, improve bite function, relieve jaw pain, and decrease the risk of dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Myth: Once treatment is finished, the results are permanent.

Fact: The outcomes of orthodontic treatment can last a long time, but it’s essential to wear retainers as instructed by the orthodontist to maintain these results. Without adequate retention, teeth can shift over time.

If you’ve heard other myths about orthodontics, give our practice a call so we can address them.

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Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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