We are setting the record straight on seven common myths about orthodontic treatment.
Myth #1. Anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist.
False. While some general dentists or online companies offer braces or aligners, only an orthodontist who has taken the additional years of advanced training at an accredited residency can call themselves an orthodontic specialist. It’s not worth the risk of permanent damage to your face and smile to allow anyone who isn’t an orthodontist to attempt to move your teeth. By selecting Sherman & Balhoff, you are choosing a specialist who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile.
Myth #2. Orthodontists are so expensive.
Here at Sherman & Balhoff we are unique health care providers who carefully customize our patients’ treatment plans and as a result, our fees directly reflect the complexity of each case. From simple cases which only take months to treat, to very difficult ones which may take a couple of years, the benefits of having an expert provide your orthodontic care will be well worth it. We offer free consultations and flexible payment plans, and are willing to work with our patients in order to help them achieve a beautiful smile.
Myth #3. Office visits are not necessary to get straight teeth.
No Visits = No Monitoring = No Good
The reality is that the health of your gums, teeth and jaws cannot be monitored during treatment if you are never seen by a qualified orthodontist. Even the most carefully planned treatments need to be closely monitored to ensure that your treatment stays on course. These visits must be completed by a trained orthodontist should a problem arise or a mid-course treatment correction be needed. The good news is that today’s technology has allowed patients to extend intervals between appointments to as long as 8 to 10 weeks.
Myth #4. Orthodontic treatment takes several years.
Orthodontic treatment requires careful, controlled movements of the teeth to ensure they are moving into proper positions. From simple cases (which may only take a few months to treat) to the most complex cases (which could take longer), our orthodontists have the training, experience, and skill to deliver an excellent result in the shortest amount of time. It’s not worth the risk to have someone who attempts to do orthodontics as a side business because of the possible irreversible damage that could occur.
Myth #5. Orthodontic treatment is purely cosmetic.
There’s much more to orthodontic treatment than meets the eye. An improved appearance is the most obvious result. But when teeth and jaws are in alignment, it means function (biting, chewing, speaking) is improved, too – a dual treatment benefit!
That beautiful smile is the outward sign of good oral health, and sets the stage for the patient’s overall well-being. Orthodontists play a larger role in healthcare than is generally realized.
Myth #6. Orthodontists only offer metal braces.
Orthodontists spend years studying and training in how teeth move. It makes them expertly qualified to use all the tools available to provide the best care possible for their patients. That includes metal braces, as well as a full range of other appliances (devices designed to move teeth) that can be fixed or removable, with clear options available. Rather than pressuring a patient into using a particular product or service offered by individual companies, orthodontists are craftsmen with a variety of tools at their fingertips. At Sherman & Balhoff our orthodontists have the expertise to provide the best appliance (at the right time) to achieve the best result in the most timely manner.
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Myth #7. Orthodontic treatment is just for kids.
False. Patients of all ages, young and old, can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Age is not a concern when it comes to getting a healthy, beautiful smile. In 2014, close to 1.5 million adults were treated by AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) orthodontists! Because adults may have more complicated cases from prior dental work or gum disease, it is imperative that their treatment be provided by a specialist in orthodontics who has the training, expertise and experiences to deliver the best results…thats us 😉
The only doctors who can call themselves “orthodontists” have graduated from dental school and then successfully completed the additional two-to-three years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program.
When you choose Sherman & Balhoff for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile.