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Common Misconceptions about Orthodontics

While the practice of orthodontics has become more and more popular over the years, there are still many misconceptions about treatment. At Mack and Hansen Orthodontics, we want to help clear some things up for you:

Misconception #1: My orthodontist does the same thing as my dentist

The Truth: While it is true that the goal of both orthodontists and dentists is to help patients achieve lifelong oral health, we do so in completely different ways.

As an orthodontist, Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen help patients achieve oral health by addressing the alignment of your teeth and jaws. By correcting these issues, they are able to help patients with a variety of oral health issues including; crowded teeth, bite problems and even speech impediments.

A dentist works with patients to prevent and treat a variety of oral hygiene and health issues including; teeth cleaning, gum disease, tooth decay and other common oral health problems.

Misconception #2: Orthodontists only treat children.

The Truth: Most of the time the people you will see at an orthodontist office are children and teenagers. However, there has been an increase in adults visiting the orthodontist. Treatment for crooked teeth and a bad bite can occur at any age.

Misconception #3: My child needs to have all their adult teeth before visiting an orthodontist for braces.

The Truth: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist for their first evaluation at the age of 7. This gives the orthodontist an opportunity to treat any problems early on while the jaw is still growing.

Misconception #4: It takes too long!

The Truth: While the duration depends on the severity of your issues and the speed in which your teeth move, the majority of patients have braces for about two years, but sometimes it is a lot less. While two years may seem like a lot, it is a miniscule amount in time for a smile that lasts a lifetime.

A smile is a powerful asset. Do not let these common misconceptions prevent you from pursuing orthodontic treatment.

If you have any additional questions about Mack and Hansen Orthodontics or want to discover how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you gain straighter teeth and a healthier smile with braces or Invisalign please contact us today! You can also visit to learn more about our orthodontists and request a complimentary consult, or you can call us at 903-212-7737. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX and are just a quick drive from Marshall, Carthage, Henderson, Kilgore, and Gilmer.

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