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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Orthodontics

What comes to mind when you think of orthodontics? If you’re a patient of our friendly orthodontist at Ortho Inc., or are considering becoming one, the word likely conjures an image of the healthy, radiant smile you’re coming to us to achieve. And with all the latest advances in orthodontics at our disposal, we have more options than ever to deliver results you’ll be proud to show the world for years to come!

But more goes into the practice of orthodontics than meets the eye. And so, in the interest of informing and possibly amusing our patients, we hereby present some facts about what we do that you may not be aware of.

  • All orthodontists are trained dentists, but only about five to six percent of all dentists are orthodontists, meaning they’ve completed several years of additional education and training beyond dental school in tooth movement as well as jaw and facial development.

  • Modern braces, which were invented around 1819, are still the most widely used method of straightening teeth. Some four million people nationwide wear one form or another of this treatment, and one-quarter of those are adults.

  • Speaking of braces, the metal used in them today was developed by NASA.

  • The benefits of a beautiful smile go far beyond appearances. A healthy smile makes eating more enjoyable and speaking more comfortable. That smile you’ll be proud to display will also serve to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and boost your mood.

  • It’s recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that children visit an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of 7. That’s when we can begin to spot potential developmental issues that will require treatment, now or in the future.

Now that you know a little more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to contact the orthodontist at Ortho Inc. to arrange an appointment!

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