It’s no secret that a straight and beautiful smile can do wonders for your self-esteem, your interpersonal relationships, and even your career. However, if you weren’t born with a naturally gorgeous grin, it can feel like you have something to hide.
You might be fearful or assume that orthodontists couldn’t possibly help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Those fears and assumptions often stem from widely held misconceptions about orthodontic treatment. In today’s post, we’ll be dispelling some of those myths and revealing the “tooth” behind them.
MYTH: Orthodontic Treatment Is Obvious
A lot of people, especially adults, will eschew treatment from orthodontists because they assume it will be both uncomfortable and conspicuous. But developments in orthodontics have come a long way. These days, clear braces and aligners are a lot less noticeable than the metal alternatives of the past. It’s also important to note that Invisalign can be more comfortable than traditional metal braces are. With no protruding wires and the ability to remove aligners when necessary, straightening your smile doesn’t have to be a painful chore to endure.
MYTH: As an Adult, My Orthodontic Treatment Options Are Limited
Although 75% of people who wear braces in the U.S. are younger than 18, that doesn’t mean adults can’t or don’t pursue orthodontic care. While it may be best to see an orthodontist earlier on and obtain treatment during the teenage years, there’s nothing that will keep many adults from achieving the smile of their dreams. You’ll have access to virtually all the treatments available to younger patients — and you may even be a better candidate for something like Invisalign, as this treatment requires a certain amount of personal responsibility. The best way to find out about your available orthodontic options is to talk to your orthodontist.
MYTH: Invisalign is Too Expensive For Most Patients
Invisalign can be an excellent choice for both adult and teenage patients alike. But some people assume that this treatment option is more expensive than traditional braces or that it isn’t covered by insurance. In most cases, neither of these misconceptions proves to be true. The costs of Invisalign and traditional braces are often very comparable — and your insurance policy may well provide coverage for Invisalign if traditional braces are covered. Additionally, many orthodontists will offer payment plans or other ways to make the costs of treatment more accessible.
Now that you understand the reality behind these popular misconceptions, you can walk into your orthodontist’s office with confidence and know that you’ll be on your way to achieving a brighter smile. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our offices today!