4 Orthodontic Myths Everyone Should Know

A straight, even smile works wonders for your self-esteem, and even your bite. As experts in orthodontics in the Northern Virginia area with two offices — one in Fairfax, VA and one in Reston, VA — we’ve helped thousands of people attain their dream of straighter teeth and improved confidence.

We’ve also answered plenty of questions and dispelled many myths about orthodontic treatment. Here are the top orthodontic myths, and the truth behind them. 

1 Orthodontic treatment is just for teens

While people often associate braces and teeth-straightening techniques with adolescents, orthodontic treatment can be appropriate from as young as seven and all the way into adulthood. Jaw adjustment treatments, such as those addressing an overbite or underbite, can begin during childhood. And braces or Invisalign treatments are increasingly popular among adults who have always longed for a more even smile.  

2 Traditional braces are always the best option

There are many different orthodontic treatment options available. The treatment that is right for you depends on your overall dental profile, the results you desire, and additional factors such as time, appearance, and cost. For typical tooth crowding, traditional braces or Invisalign can be good options. Lingual braces – braces affixed to the back of your teeth – are another option, while active retainers can be a good choice for minor adjustments. Other orthodontic procedures and techniques can be used to widen your palate or adjust the position of your jaw.

3 Orthodontics are painful and bulky

As specialists in orthodontics, we understand that you might be concerned about the potential discomfort associated with braces, as well as their appearance. However, orthodontics has come a long way, with today’s braces and orthodontic solutions being much more streamlined and lighter-weight than older styles. Clear brackets, thinner wires and advances such as self-ligating brackets mean that even traditional braces are far less obtrusive than they used to be. Solutions such as Invisalign, lingual braces, and active retainers are all subtle in appearance and won’t affect your smile. 

4 Orthodontic care is expensive

Your smile is one of your greatest assets, and at Optimal Dental Center we think it’s always worthwhile to invest in it. It’s also important to remember that any price quoted to you reflects one or more years of expert treatment and consultations – and a smile you can be proud of. We strive to offer a variety of treatment and payment options to suit your needs, and are always here to discuss payment terms and plans with you. If cost is a concern, talk to us about what your insurance covers and what kind of financing or payment terms are available to you.

If you’re ready to transform your smile and are looking for an experienced orthodontist in Reston, VA or Fairfax, VA, call on us for a Complimentary orthodontic consultation. We offer cutting-edge orthodontic treatment in a professional environment – and results that will make you smile.