Although braces and orthodontics may seem straightforward, these common myths often cloud parents understanding of their teens treatments. To make sure you get all the facts, we’ve compiled this go-to guide to the myths and facts of orthodontic treatment.
At Woodbridge Kids, we want to ensure your teen receives the treatment they need. If you have any questions about your teen’s braces, feel free to contact our teen orthodontist in Vaughan to learn more about treatment and payment options.
Myth: Braces Are Always Expensive
Fact: although orthodontic treatment for teens ranges in price based on the complexity of each case, it is not necessary to break the bank to get your teen the treatment they need. At Woodbridge Kids, we understand the that the cost of braces can be limiting for some families, which is why we offer a selection of affordable braces programs to ensure every family has access to orthodontic healthcare.
Myth: Braces Have To Hurt To Work
Fact: while it used to be true that braces were an uncomfortable and painful process, constant development has lead manufacturers to create orthodontic appliances that are discreet and comfortable. Now, braces work better than ever without causing patients pain.
Myth: Orthodontic Treatment is Purely Cosmetic
Fact: as one of the most pervasive myths about orthodontic treatment, this myth is also one of the most harmful as it causes my parents to opt their teen out of treatment. While braces are used mainly to correct crooked, overlapping, and overcrowded teeth, these issues are far from simple cosmetic problems; as your teen grows older, these issues can contribute to higher rates of gum disease, cavities, jaw aches, headaches, and tooth loss. As such, it’s crucial that your teen receives treatment early to prevent more serious oral health problems in the future.
Myth: Metal Braces Are The Only Option
Fact: while metal braces are one of the most common tools available for orthodontic treatment, there are a variety of other appliances used for different treatments. Beyond metal braces there are a number of appliances used for orthodontic treatment, including fixed or removable appliances and clear options (like invisalign)/ Orthodontists spend years studying how teeth mouth and are experts in what appliances are best for your teens treatment.
Myth: Teeth Will Stay Straight Forever After Wearing Braces
Fact: Unfortunately, this is also a myth. Once your teen has their braces removed, their teeth will naturally want to move back into their original position. As such, it’s important that you encourage your teen wear their retainer post-treatment to maintain long-term results.