If you haven’t had orthodontic treatment before, or if your treatment was years ago, you may be surprised to hear how much has changed in the world of orthodontics. While you may visit several orthodontists before deciding on the proper care for you or your child, none of them will tell you that:
Anyone can put on braces or work with Invisalign. While general dentists are experts with family dental issues, such as performing cleanings, filling cavities, and ensuring that you are receiving the proper preventative care, they are not likely to be board-certified orthodontists. Orthodontists are dentists who have attended several more years of education beyond dental school, and they have probably received their board certification, which means they’re a true specialist. These are the professionals that you want straightening your teeth and perfecting your bite.
Age seven is too young to be seen by an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that by the time children are seven, they should be seen by an orthodontist. The treatments that are available recognize that children’s jaws grow for years, and this growth benefits a two-phase process that may begin when a child is 8 or 9 years old and then continues again in their teen years.
The Invisalign system is only for adults. Invisalign is an effective, nearly invisible orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth, instead of metal braces. Many adults choose Invisalign to improve their smile and appearance, but this system is also available for teens. Invisalign Teen is created especially for older children, who love that it’s removable and almost invisible.
The cost of Invisalign is too high for most people. Invisalign’s costs are comparable to traditional metal braces, and just like metal braces, they may be covered under medical or dental insurance. Additionally, payment plans are available for most orthodontic services, and patients can use programs like CareCredit that will make your or your child’s Invisalign treatment affordable.
Everyone has about the same treatment plan. Some people assume that since they are the same age as a friend, or that they have the same orthodontic issue as a family member, that they will also need braces or Invisalign for the same amount of time. That’s not true. Everyone is different, and their course of treatment is determined by many factors. Your orthodontist will be able to discuss the details of your plan with you.
Braces haven’t changed much in the past 30 years. Decades ago, braces were often cumbersome or uncomfortable. Now, we’re glad to say, the techniques that orthodontists use are quite advanced, and the materials that are used to design braces and Invisalign are lighter, stronger, and move teeth more quickly. Gone are the days of dreading braces—now, kids and adults are both happy to have straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
Patients have many questions about their options when they need orthodontic care. King Orthodontics can help. We have three locations: Wexford, downtown Pittsburgh, and our newest location in Bridgeville. Let us lead you to a new, confident smile.