Have questions about orthodontic treatment? You’re not alone. You’d be surprised by some of the myths that prevent people from getting the smile they’ve always wanted.
Our orthodontists are more than happy to answer any questions you may have during your appointment. First, let’s debunk some myths about straightening your smile so you’ll feel confident scheduling that appointment in the first place.
1. It Takes Years to Straighten Teeth
You may be able to enjoy straighter teeth much sooner than you think. The timeframe of your treatment will depend on how much our orthodontist needs to move your teeth and jaws.
Whether you get metal braces or clear aligners, our orthodontist will carefully plan and monitor your treatment to safely move your teeth. How long it takes may also depend on your compliance with your treatment program. For example,need to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day in order to move your teeth according to plan.
2. Only Metal Braces Can Straighten Teeth
Wish you could straighten your teeth without braces? Ask our orthodontist about Invisalign.
Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into perfect alignment. They’re a great option for anyone who wants to straighten their smile discreetly.
Since Invisalign braces fit over your teeth, you’ll need to remove them to brush your teeth, floss, and eat. Besides those circumstances, you should wear these aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure your teeth straighten on schedule.
3. Only Children and Teenagers Qualify for Orthodontic Treatment
If you’re worried about feeling self-conscious with adult braces, keep in mind that we also offer clear aligners like Invisalign. Many of our patients appreciate clear aligners because they’re subtle enough to go unnoticed by family, friends, and coworkers. Ceramic braces are also more subtle than traditional metal braces.
4. Braces Only Change Your Appearance
Crowded teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue — they can also affect your oral health.
Plaque causes both cavities and gum disease, and it’s more likely to build up between teeth that are difficult to floss. Even brushing your teeth can be difficult when you have overlapping teeth. Thankfully, braces and Invisalign move teeth so it’ll be easier to practice good oral hygiene.
Additionally, unresolved bite issues can cause jaw pain in the long term. If you feel pain when you bite down, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontists as soon as possible. For example,correction can help you avoid pain or difficulty when biting, chewing, or talking.
5. I Can Safely Straighten My Smile Without an Orthodontist
The most dangerous myth about orthodontics is that you can safely move teeth without the expertise of a dentist or orthodontist.
The truth is that using a DIY kit off of the internet may cause permanent damage to your smile. The safest way to move teeth is to see an orthodontist for professional treatment. We’ll make sure your teeth are safely moved into optimal alignment so you can smile with confidence.
Get a Straighter, Healthier Smile
Our Grand Rapids, MI, orthodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile through braces, clear aligners, and other orthodontic treatment. Call Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics today at (616) 455-4800, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
This blog post has been updated.