This month we are debunking common myths and misconceptions of braces
Braces are only for children
The evolution of braces has come a long way, particularly in the last 10 years. Now with advanced technology and the variety of orthodontic treatments available, braces aren’t just for children.
Braces play a vital role in the health of your smile. They not only straighten your teeth but correct bites and jaw positioning. If these issues are left untreated for too long you may experience chewing and talking issues as well as gum disease and tooth decay.
Adults will achieve the same results when wearing braces, however, adult orthodontic treatment may require longer treatment times.
Traditional metal braces aren’t the only option for straightening teeth anymore. There are two types of discreet teeth straightening options Smileworx Orthodontics offer that will have the same results as traditional braces.
- Clear ceramic braces. These are made of clear materials and are less visible on your teeth than traditional metal braces. These braces are customisable to suit your tooth colour, making them even less noticeable.
- Invisalign. The Invisalign treatment involves a series of practically invisible, removable, comfortable trays that straighten your teeth in a similar way to braces. The aligners are transparent and are removable, so eating and drinking doesn’t have to change, and brushing and flossing are less of a hassle.
Dentists and orthodontists offer the same services
Although a dentist is a highly trained professional that looks after your dental health needs, they do not receive significant training in orthodontics. An orthodontist is a specialist who acquires three extra years of study from a university and is an expert in straightening teeth.
Dentists treat a patient’s overall oral health and hygiene. They provide routine cleaning, treat dental diseases and facilitate cosmetic dental procedures.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Similar to doctors who choose to specialise in areas such as cardiology and neurology, dentists can also choose to specialise. Orthodontics is a dental speciality which aims to prevent, diagnose and treat facial and dental irregularities
You must have a referral to see an orthodontist
One of the biggest misconceptions about orthodontics is that you need a referral to see an orthodontist. Although an orthodontist is a specialist in their field, unlike a specialist medical doctor you don’t need to get a referral from your current dentist, or GP.
If you find a reputable orthodontist you can contact the practice yourself, either as a new patient or to seek a second option. Simply phone and book an appointment directly. If you have confidence in your family dentist, they may also recommend you visit a particular orthodontist as many dentists work closely with orthodontists to help patients receive the best care possible.
If you would like any more information on these myths or would like to book in for a consultation with our skilled orthodontists at Smileworx Orthodontics in Duncraig or Geraldton, contact us today.