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Orthodontics - The Straight Facts and Crooked Fiction

15 Orthodontic Myths [Busted] – The Straight Facts and Crooked Fiction

Orthodontics is a maligned profession. The idea of needing braces strikes fear into the hearts of schoolchildren and adults alike.

The popular media persists in portraying orthodontic treatment as a form of torture sanctioned by society, a needlessly painful way of providing a cosmetic service. And no wonder; when people think braces will attract lightning in a thunderstorm, or set off metal detectors at the airport, misinformation spreads everywhere.

Ready for a laugh? Here are 15 orthodontic myths and facts to set you straight.

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Orthodontics for Kids

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Seeing an orthodontist around the age of seven or eight years old can help to give a child more options

As we develop and our adult teeth begin to come in, reversal of certain orthodontic conditions can become more difficult. Identifying issues early on in the stages of life can help to increase the number of treatment options that are available and also allow kids to take advantage of nonsurgical options. Many adults did seek orthodontic care will require the surgical options because their teeth, bones and jawline have all set in place. With orthodontics for kids, there are more non invasive options that can help children to get the perfect smile.

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Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontics for Adults

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It is an exciting time for adults in the field of orthodontics. Today there are more treatment options than ever before for adults who are looking to straighten their teeth discreetly and quickly. For many adults who are extremely hesitant to get braces or any other form of orthodontic appliance, treatment options such as Invisalign as well as short-term braces like the six month smile program are extremely beneficial.

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Understanding the Parts of Braces

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Understanding the parts that are involved in your braces is very important to making sure that you can follow an orthodontist’s instructions. It may take some time to learn the various parts that make up your braces but small adjustments, as well as concerns that might come up over the course of your treatment, need to be identified and completed properly. By being able to properly name these parts you can describe any problems that might happen over your treatment and also make small adjustments to avoid future orthodontist visits, or impeding your progress.

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What is Orthodontics?

What is Orthodontics

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Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that involves extra training on the part of the dentist. Dentists will generally study for an extra few years to receive their orthodontist specialization. Orthodontists can also specialize in different types of oral surgery as well as receive new training on treatment techniques after they become qualified orthodontists.

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Types of Braces

If you need to receive braces you may be pleased to know that in this day and age you have many options to pick from. Many people think of traditional metal braces when they think of braces and this can be very off putting.

The truth is there are many options available today that are cosmetically invisible and can also work to shorten the length of your treatment. Here are some of the different types of braces available today:

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