Your Battle Creek Orthodontist Discusses Myths About Orthodontic Treatment and Braces

It’s overwhelming how many common myths there are when it comes to orthodontic care and wearing braces. Some of them have always been false, while some of them are no longer true because of advances in technology and ongoing research. In this post, your Battle Creek orthodontist, Bandeen Orthodontics will discuss four of these myths and the reasons why they’re not legitimate.

Orthodontic treatment with braces takes years to complete. 

While treatment is not one size fits all and can vary for many reasons, at Bandeen Orthodontics, your orthodontic treatment will typically take only a year to a year and a half. If you’re being told by other orthodontists that your treatment will take longer than that, please reach out to us so we can do an evaluation and see how long your orthodontic treatment will take.

Cosmetic improvement is the primary reason for orthodontic treatment and braces.

Besides improving the look of your teeth and smile, wearing braces can help to improve your overall oral health as well properly aligning your jaw. When your jaw is misaligned, there can be pain and discomfort and when your teeth are not properly aligned, food and bacteria are more easily trapped.

It’s now unnecessary to see an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment. 

You may have seen advertisements for orthodontic treatment you can do yourself at home. And while some of these results can appear good for those with less of a need for tooth movement, you should see an orthodontist that can monitor your progress and the health of your mouth.

Braces are only meant for children and teenagers. 

As a product of reduced orthodontic treatment times, adult treatment is more common than it has ever been. It may surprise you to hear that about one-third of our patients are over eighteen.

Your Battle Creek orthodontist, Bandeen Orthodontics, knows the importance of knowing the facts when it comes to braces and orthodontic treatment and care. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to contact us.