4 Myths About Orthodontics
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4 Myths About Orthodontics

Myths About Orthodontics

Orthodontic devices are more popular now than ever, mostly due to the wide variety of different types of hardware used. However, even with this growth in popularity, there are still plenty of myths and misconceptions out there regarding orthodontic treatment. Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we believe that well-informed patients tend to make better, more educated decisions and also tend to be more confident in these decisions. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of 4 common myths regarding orthodontic care that we want to dispel!

Myth #1 – An Orthodontist Is the Same As a Family Dentist

The goal of every dentist is the same: we all want to make sure our patients have healthy, beautiful smiles! However, different specialists will go about meeting this goal in different ways. A family dentist will treat oral health issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and dental cleanings. An orthodontist will treat oral health issues like tooth misalignment, which can lead to various other problems including trouble chewing and speaking.

Myth #2 – Orthodontic Treatment Takes Forever!

Obviously we won’t be able to give you a one-size-fits-all treatment plan, because each case is different. The length of time you’ll need for your orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of your dental issues and how quickly your teeth move into the correct position. The average length of time an orthodontic patient wears braces is around 2 years. But that’s a small price to pay for a gorgeous smile that can last a lifetime!

Myth #3 – Orthodontic Treatment Is Only For Adolescents

The majority of patients we see are children and teens, but in the last few years, we’ve been seeing an increase in adult patients. Tooth misalignment can happen at any age, but adults are feeling much more comfortable wearing braces since the use of clear, more inconspicuous orthodontic hardware.

Myth #4 – My Kids Must Have All Of Their Adult Teeth Before Seeing An Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists has recently recommended that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7! Orthodontists will be able to map any issues your child may have, regardless of whether they have all of their adult teeth or not. In face, the earlier an orthodontist can detect any potential problems, the earlier and easier they can be treated.

If any of these common myths have been preventing you from visiting the orthodontist, don’t let them hold you back for one more day! With the help of Dr. Rhoda Lockett, you can achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Please contact Lockett Orthodontics located in Denver, CO, and get started today!

Posted on Mar 15, 2016



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