The Myths and Misconceptions About Orthodontics

We’re Breaking Down The Top Concerns and Questions

woman smiling with her orthodontistWith so many patients choosing ARCH Orthodontics to help set their smile straight, you can believe that our orthodontists and dental health professionals have answered countless questions over the years.  

Today, we’re sharing answers to some of the most common misconceptions and/or concerns we hear from patients who are considering braces or other orthodontic treatment for themselves or for a family member. We hope you’ll gain some valuable information to help you make a more informed decision regarding your oral health. (Let us know if there’s something we didn’t cover!)

  1. I have a dentist, so I don’t need an orthodontist.

People often ask what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist. While it sounds like the tie-in to a tooth-related joke, your dentist and orthodontist are the same yet different. Here’s how it works, with a little help for our friends at the American Academy of Orthodontics:

  • Fun Fact: According to the AAO, all orthodontists are dentists but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists.

So orthodontists are dentists first. Confused? Here’s how it all works. Everyone who’s interested in all things teeth usually attends dental school for four years earning a bachelor’s to become a dentist. Someone who’s interested in orthodontics will continue schooling to earn a certification that means completing doctorate schooling and a two/three-year orthodontic residency and specialty training. There’s plenty of time to brush up on the basics in the classroom while gaining extremely valuable experience working with patients.

Orthodontist vs Dentist(courtesy of the AAO)

  1. Orthodontists are for kids.

We see A LOT of children and teens of all different ages at all nine of our locations in the Greater Boston area. But guess what? We treat quite a few adults too because there’s no age limit on loving your smile. An AAO survey found that one in five ortho patients are adults, with 92% of those patients saying they would tell other adults to see an orthodontist too.  Having a straight, healthy smile looks good at any age and your ARCH orthodontist can work with your schedule and budget to create a treatment plan that’s completely tailored to meet your needs.

  1. Straightening my teeth will take forever and be expensive.

Every smile is different. With that being said, it’s hard to give you a direct answer in terms of a treatment timeline. Your smile may need more work than someone else. It may also respond to treatment differently, so it’s not easy to pinpoint how long it will take to achieve a healthier, straighter smile. Your ARCH Orthodontist uses the most-up-to-date technology (including Invisalign clear aligners) to help patients of all ages correct uneven teeth and jaw growth. We don’t want anyone to avoid getting the smile help they need because of cost. ARCH Orthodontics will work with you to create a payment plan that won’t hurt your budget. We’re honest with you from the very beginning about length and cost of your treatment.

Please call the nearest ARCH Orthodontics office to ask us what questions you may have about getting a straighter smile. We can’t wait to speak with you and learn more about your expectations and needs.

Visit our offices in Bridgewater, Brockton, Randolph, Canton, Westwood, Orleans, Hyannis, Hyde Park, and Stoughton.

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