At Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Mason, OH we provide full orthodontics services, including the use of traditional braces to treat a range of dental issues. It is always surprising for us to hear the different misconceptions about braces, and we would like to take a few moments of time to answer common concerns and overcome some of these misunderstandings about this effective treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry is unneeded and that is all that braces provide
It is true that braces straighten the teeth, but not purely for cosmetic purposes. They are used primarily to correct the bite or alignment of the teeth. They are also used to ensure that teeth are evenly spaced and able to be fully cleaned and flossed. Also braces adjust issues that can lead to jaw problems such as over, under and cross bites.
Braces cannot be used after a certain age
This is one of the most common misconceptions about braces, and there is no ideal age for them. You are certainly never too old to have your bite properly aligned. An orthodontist may find that braces are more or less ideal for someone of a certain age, but there is no cutoff point for braces.
Rubber bands are not needed
This is a key part of alignment, and holds the teeth in their proper positions. When you refuse to wear them as part of treatment, you are missing out on an essential part of the corrective process.
Braces are all you need for full treatment
Again, this is another of the major misconceptions about braces. Most patients begin with retainers, wear the braces until teeth are properly aligned, and then wear the retainers until their teeth have remained solidly in place for a set period of time. Some changes can also occur with time, and you may need retainers for longer periods.
Brace are cheaper
It is impossible to know what the final costs are without assessing your dental needs. Braces may be more affordable for some, but much costlier for another.
As your orthodontist in Mason, OH, we want you to understand the facts. These misconceptions about braces make it seem as if they are a less favorable solution. Braces are just one approach to aligning or straightening teeth, and if they are the right answer for you, we will recommend them.
Contact Our Orthodontist in Mason, OH for Braces Today!
If you have additional questions about these misconceptions about braces, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Mason, OH office at 937-748-0505. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. To learn more about braces, read our other pages to find out if you are a candidate for braces, what age you should get braces, if braces hurt, and how long the treatment will take.