“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”

The stereotype of a middle-schooler with a mouth full of metal is only one example of the many myths about orthodontics.

Whether it’s from lack of information on current orthodontic technology or as a result of personal assumptions, we hear many of the same concerns in our office time and again. It’s time to debunk the myths! If you or a family member is considering braces, this is your opportunity to be informed about what orthodontics actually entails, who benefits from this treatment, and how to get started. The TRUTH about these five myths about crooked teeth in Yardley may surprise you!

The Truth Behind Common Orthodontic Myths

1. Orthodontics means traditional metal braces.

Many people assume that metal braces are the only option in orthodontic treatment. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Also, traditional orthodontic technology has also progressed beyond what most people imagine about braces.

crooked teeth yardleyAt Dr. Riesenberger’s office, you have three choices for treatment: traditional metal braces, Incognito, and Invisalign. Traditional braces take an average of 23 months, which may vary depending on the age of the wearer and the specific conditions being treated. There are two alternatives to braces:

Incognito is a type of lingual braces, which are placed on the inside surface of the teeth so as to be all but invisible. Lingual braces take advantage of the latest technology in orthodontics, drawing on computer-aided design and manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and robotics to create a customized appliance system. The many benefits of Incognito have made it a popular choice for adults, especially among musicians and athletes.

Invisalign has become another highly popular orthodontics treatment. Customized, transparent aligners are placed in the mouth and can be removed at will. Like lingual braces, Invisalign is the product of similar technology advancements in the field of orthodontics. Patients love Invisalign because of the convenience and aesthetics associated with this treatment model.

2. Orthodontics only treats crooked teeth.

Crooked teeth are only one among several dental conditions addressed by orthodontics. People get braces (or an alternative) for spacing and alignment issues as well.

A spacing problem refers to overcrowding or teeth that are too widely spaced. Orthodontics can help people with either of these conditions before they can cause problems (whether directly or indirectly) such as periodontitis, teeth weakening, jaw pain, and tooth decay.

Orthodontics addresses alignment problems, also known as malocclusion. When your upper and lower jaw is not the same size, then you likely have an overbite or an underbite. Other conditions include a crossbite, overjet, and open bite.

3. Orthodontics is for kids.

In reality, adult braces have become more common than ever! According to a survey by the American Association of Orthodontists, adults are seeking treatment at historic levels. If you didn’t get orthodontic treatment as a child, it’s not too late for you. Dr. Riesenberger’s office is sensitive to the unique needs of our adult patients. Learn more about adult orthodontics for crooked teeth at Yardley.

4. Orthodontists require a referral by a General Dentist.

It’s not necessary to visit your general dentist to make an appointment with an orthodontist. Anyone who feels they may be a candidate for braces can ask for a personalized consultation to explore their options. Our job is to fix crooked teeth at Yardley Ortho so call us directly to make an appointment at 215-968-547.

5. Orthodontic treatment is unaffordable.

While any orthodontic treatment calls for an investment, we strive to make treatment as affordable as possible for families and individuals. No one should have to go through life with crooked teeth just because they can’t make the payments for treatment! Yardley Ortho offers affordable braces and we work with you to make the most of your insurance benefits. We also offer flexible payment options such as interest-free financing.

We’re Here to Help.

Dr. Riesenberger’s is dedicated to patient care and excellence in orthodontics. With the latest in orthodontic technology and a commitment to patient well-being, our staff ensures quality results every time!

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us to set up an appointment by calling  215-968-5471.