If you’re getting braces, odds are you’re Googling everything you can about them – and that’s great! Doing your research is extremely important when you’re deciding whether you’re ready to finally get the straight smile of your dreams.
However, while research never hurts, there are a lot of myths about braces on the internet that simply aren’t true, and Petrunic Orthodontics is here to help you sort braces facts from fiction. Keep reading below to find out the truth about what it’s like to get orthodontic treatment from Dr. Petrunic in Prattville!
Myth #1: Dentists can provide orthodontic treatment
Fact: You should only get orthodontic treatment from a trained orthodontist.
All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Just like in any other area of medicine, orthodontists specialize in our own particular area of oral health. You’ll definitely want to see a dentist to keep your teeth white and clean, but when it comes to straightening your teeth, you should stick with Dr. Petrunic.
Our team at Petrunic Orthodontics works closely with Prattville-area dentists to keep your total oral health in mind, so you can think of us as a team working together for your smile!
Myth #2: Treatment with braces takes forever
Fact: Depending on your needs, treatment times may vary.
While it is certainly possible that braces may take a few years to correct your alignment, it is not true that this is the only forecast for straight teeth. Each individual requires a different treatment plan depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of their case, appliances used, desired outcomes, and response to treatment. Patients can expect their braces to last between 12-36 months, but most cases are on the shorter side of this range.
The best news of all is that no matter the duration of your treatment plan, you will begin to see improvements relatively quickly! Now, what could be more satisfying than watching your smile realign in the mirror?
Myth #3: Braces HURT
Fact: With advancements in modern technology, braces have never been more comfortable.
Over the years, advancements in orthodontic procedures have allowed us to make the process of straightening your teeth much more comfortable than in the past. Although you may experience some slight soreness or irritation following each appointment, this feeling is only temporary! Dr. Petrunic can recommend a few things to help relieve this discomfort (including orthodontic wax, medication, or a warm compress), but be sure to ask your orthodontic team about other ways to reduce soreness. Most of all, rest easy knowing that braces do not cause long-term or excessive pain.
Myth #4: A straight smile is the only benefit to getting braces
Fact: There are so many benefits to getting braces!
Like a domino effect, the health of your teeth often impacts your overall health. Although a straight smile is often the first thing that comes to mind when considering getting braces, there are actually multiple reasons a trip to the orthodontist might improve your oral health. A misaligned jaw or malocclusion could lead to difficulty with speech, digestion, and even breathing. Braces help address these issues, making sure that you are at your healthiest.
Myth #5: Getting braces is costly
Fact: Our payment plans make braces an affordable reality.
At Petrunic Orthodontics, we do everything we can to make our treatment affordable because we’d love the opportunity to serve you and your family. Our competitive pricing and flexible payment options allow us to work with your budget to create a customized payment plan so that orthodontic treatment is well within your means. We accept a wide range of insurance plans and even offer a FREE consultation so that you can get started with your smile journey on the right foot.
Myth #6: Braces are just for teenagers
Fact: No matter your age, braces will straighten your smile.
Braces face this huge stigma, but we are working to clear it! Did you know that one in every five Petrunic Orthodontics patients is over the age of 18? We’re sure adult braces are the world’s best-kept secret. Everyone benefits from orthodontic treatment, and with so many comfortable and discreet treatment options, you can have the smile you want at any age!
Myth #7: I can’t play sports or instruments with braces
Fact: You don’t have to sacrifice your hobbies for orthodontic treatment.
Are you worried that you won’t be able to participate in the woodwind section of your school band or that you’ll be missing out on significant practice for your high school football career? You can breathe a sigh of relief – this one is a myth! There is usually an adjustment period while you get used to playing your instrument with a new set of braces, but once you feel comfortable, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting back into the swing of things! As for sports practice, just wear a mouthguard, and you’re good to go.
Myth #8: Braces don’t look good
Fact: With the technology of the future, some braces are almost invisible!
With smaller brackets and wires, less obstructive designs, and more comfortable materials, you’ll hardly notice you have braces – and the best part is that none of your peers will notice either! At Petrunic Orthodontics, we even offer clear ceramic braces that blend in with your teeth for a more natural look than traditional braces.
Myth #9: Braces are the only way to straighten your teeth
Fact: We offer a range of treatment options for every need.
Each individual has their own set of needs and desired outcomes when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Luckily, there are options to suit them all! While the traditional wire-and-bracket braces are usually the first that come to mind, Dr. Petrunic also offers Clarity clear aligners that work to effectively reach your smile goals. Be sure to ask about your treatment options when you join us for your free consultation.
Myth #10: After treatment, my teeth will stay straight forever
Fact: Your smile will only last forever if you wear your retainer as directed.
Ever heard the age-old orthodontic warning, “Don’t forget to wear your retainer!”? Most of us have. That is because braces are not permanent solutions for keeping your teeth in line. In fact, your teeth may begin to shift just days after your braces are removed! Dr. Petrunic recommends wearing your retainer regularly and keeping up with follow-up visits to maintain your results.
Fact: Petrunic Orthodontics is the Smile Center for You!
When you’re looking for a straight smile, you need to be sure you have the right orthodontist. With years of experience straightening teeth in Prattville, Dr. Petrunic is your choice for the smile of your dreams.
If you’re ready to take the first step in your smile success journey, contact our office to schedule a free consultation today!