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Orthodontics: Are You Believing These Myths? Milton, GA
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Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. While many people assume orthodontics is simply a matter of putting metal braces on a teenager with crooked teeth, this unique niche of dentistry offers so much more. In fact, there are many misconceptions about orthodontics, and we’d like to set the record straight!

Misconceptions About Braces

#1 An orthodontist is the only provider that can offer smile-straightening therapies.
Unfortunately, there are many dentists and companies that offer braces and aligner treatments without first earning orthodontist certification. If you want to protect your investment and improve your experience, make sure you look for a provider who has undergone additional years of advanced training and education in orthodontics at an accredited residency. A qualified orthodontist should also be a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

#2 Orthodontics are very expensive.
Many patients shy away from the orthodontic correction they need due to cost. However, don’t assume your braces or aligners won’t fit into your budget until you talk with your orthodontist. Like other specialty health care providers, orthodontists provide customized treatment plans that address your unique needs. The cost of braces for your neighbor may not be the same expense you’d incur. In addition, there is affordable, flexible financing to suit every budget.

#3 Orthodontic treatment is purely cosmetic.
This is a common misconception. While straighter teeth undoubtedly produce a more attractive smile, there are several oral health benefits to be gained when your teeth are in correct alignment. Not only will your teeth be easier to clean, but you can avoid jaw pain, chewing difficulties and speaking challenges with a well-balanced bite.

#4 Orthodontists means wearing metal braces.
Not anymore! Thanks to advancements in modern orthodontics, there are several ways to straighten your teeth without compromising your self-esteem. These include clear braces, Invisalign and other discreet and/or removable appliances.

#5 Orthodontic treatment is only for kids.
Children make up a large percentage of the orthodontic treatment population. However, braces aren’t just for children and trends are rapidly changing. AAO reports that more and more adults are taking advantage of orthodontic treatment and realizing the benefits of a straight and confident smile.

Do you have a clear understanding about orthodontics and what it means to you? Call Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry. We are experts at answering questions about your teeth! Our office is staffed with experienced orthodontic specialists who offer a broad menu of treatment options for kids and adults.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

Christy D.
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