Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

December 18, 2018

When it comes to dentistry, there are quite a few myths that circulate. Orthodontic treatment is one specialty of dentistry that seems to get the brunt of a lot of myths and stories, today Dr. George Sferra is covering these common orthodontic myths and educating patients about orthodontic care. We hope that you learn something new, if you have any additional questions about orthodontic treatment, feel free to ask at your next appointment. We are always happy to answer any questions our patients may have.

Orthodontic treatment is expensive.

While orthodontic treatment can cost over $1,000, it can be a worthwhile investment for many patients. Crooked, twisted, gapped and even overcrowded teeth can actually impact the health of a patient’s smile, resulting in a higher risk of decay, cavities, infection and even disease. In many cases, orthodontic treatment can decrease your risk of these complications.

Orthodontic treatment takes years to complete.

While certain orthodontic treatment options may take 2-3 years to complete, various orthodontic options exist these days that can make treatment as quick as 6 months depending upon your selected treatment, ultimate smile goal and overall oral health.

Orthodontic treatment is a purely cosmetic decision.

As mentioned above, orthodontic treatment can actually have a big impact on the health of your smile. When teeth are not properly aligned, it can be harder to care for them, increasing a patient’s risk of decay, cavities, infection and even disease.

Orthodontic treatment = metal mouth.

While traditional metal braces do result in metal mouth, various options actually exist that offer a way more discrete option. Ceramic tooth-colored braces utilize materials designed to blend easier, while Invisalign and clear braces are designed to be nearly invisible. Depending upon the level of discreteness desired, various options are now available.

Start Orthodontic Treatment in Manhattan Today

Interested in improving the function, health, and appearance of your smile with our Manhattan orthodontic treatments? Contact Sferra Dental today, our orthodontist in Manhattan is always welcoming new patients at our dental practice and would be more than happy to get you down for an orthodontic consultation.