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Archive for February, 2015

Common Misconceptions about Orthodontics

Over the past several decades, orthodontic treatment has changed drastically…for the better! Patients have more choices and flexibility than ever before.  People who thought a straight teeth and a healthy smile were out of reach are surprised to learn they too can smile with confidence, and that orthodontics can be a wise investment for the future.

Common misconceptions surrounding orthodontics include:

Misconception #1: Braces and orthodontic treatment are just for kids.
Truth:  Over 1 million Americans over 18 years old currently have braces. (1)

In fact, there are more options than ever for adults to get orthodontic treatment with clear braces, or Invisalign.  These treatment options are discrete, so others may not even notice when someone is wearing them.  Adults can benefit from braces, including increased confidence to smile, and enhancing the ability to floss and maintain better overall oral health.

Misconception #2: The only way to get straight teeth is to use “traditional” metal braces.
Truth:  Dr. Roeder has a variety of treatment techniques to help his patients achieve their goals.

Choices include using Invisalign “invisible aligners” or using a variety of different clear and nickel-free metal bracket systems.  Each option is evaluated and recommended based on the patient’s individual needs and desires.

Misconception #3:  It will take several years to get a perfect smile.
Truth:  The average treatment time for most of Dr. Roeder’s patients is 18 months.

In some cases, it can be as little as 9 months! Treatment can take longer depending on treatment complexity,  patient cooperation, missed appointments, broken brackets, or other unforeseen events.  Recent innovations in orthodontics can accelerate tooth movement, and decrease treatment time, and minimize discomfort.

Misconception #4:   I would have to wait until all of my child’s permanent teeth come in before having orthodontic treatment.
Truth: Having  your child evaluated by an orthodontist early can save time, expense, and possible extraction of permanent teeth.

Early intervention, called “Phase I” treatment, is designed for young children who will benefit from early treatment.

Misconception #5:   Braces are unaffordable.
Truth: Braces are an investment in your future oral health.

Roeder Orthodontics offers a free consultation,  in-house payment plans, patient financing, and will bill your insurance company for you.  Straight teeth make it easier for individuals to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and may prevent future costly dental repairs to teeth.

Don’t let fears of the unknown delay your visit to Roeder Orthodontics! Call 828-274-2500 to schedule your free consultation.  We serve patients throughout North Carolina, including Asheville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Waynesville and surrounding communities.