3 Common Misconceptions About Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics 3 in Racine, WI at North Bay Dental

Do you have crooked or gapped teeth but just can’t stand the thought of braces? You’re not alone. There are many people who need orthodontics in Racine WI but have ruled themselves out for treatment. That’s a mistake, because orthodontics have changed over the years, and it’s important to understand the ins and outs of the procedures/

At North Bay Dental, we can treat a number of orthodontic dental problems. We can show you how you can achieve a better smile during a consultation. Today we want to show you how orthodontics can change your smile, and clear up any misconceptions about orthodontics.

1. Orthodontics isn’t just for children

It’s true that dentists and orthodontists like to treat patients whenever they are young, but orthodontics are for anyone. There is no age limit on treatment. At North Bay Dental, we are treating young children and adults. Basically, if you have your natural teeth, you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment.

2. We don’t always need braces to correct teeth

You might think of orthodontics and immediately picture braces. But we don’t always need braces to correct teeth. Today we can use clear aligners to move the teeth into a better position.  The system we use is called ClearCorrect. It’s similar to a treatment you may have heard about called Invisalign. Instead of metal brackets and wires, ClearCorrect uses a series of clear aligners. The aligners are removable, so the treatment uses no fixed appliances. Also, it’s easier to clear your teeth.

Aside from braces and ClearCorrect, we can use space maintainers for youngsters who start losing their teeth. The space maintainers help permanent teeth erupt straight and healthy. They are considered a great pre orthodontic treatment and may in fact help you save money on orthodontics down the road.

3. Treatment doesn’t always take 2 years or longer

Traditional braces can take about two or three years to complete. That’s because we need to move the root and crown of the tooth at separate stages. People with major alignment or bite issues might need to wear braces for a long period of time, but not everyone needs comprehensive orthodontic treatments. Some of us simply need to move a few of our teeth into a better positive. That means we don’t need to spend years wearing braces. In fact, you can see ideal results in just a few months.

And if you select ClearCorrect, we can change your teeth in about 12 to 18 months.

The perks of straightening your teeth

Getting a straighten smile looks great, but it has a number of other advantages, too. With aligned teeth and a balanced bite, you’ll decrease the likelihood for problems like:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease (less places for bacteria and harmful plague to hide)
  • Tooth chips, cracks, or breaks

Our dental office would love to meet with you and discuss your smile goals. You just need to give us a call today at 262-417-7326 to book your visit.

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