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Minnesota Orthodontist Discusses Orthodontic Treatment

Minnesota Orthodontist Discusses Common Misconceptions About Orthodontic Treatment

An orthodontist is a person who specializes in the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. The field of orthodontics is an officially recognized specialty of the American Dental Association (ADA). Did you know that orthodontists have 2-3 years more education beyond dental school? An orthodontist is an experienced, highly trained expert who understands the form, function, and esthetics of a beautiful smile.

Many people wrongly assume that orthodontic treatment is just for children. However, 20-25% of orthodontic patients are adults! Zapfel Orthodontics offers many types of appliances and treatment methods, which is appealing to many adults. We offer Invisalign and clear ceramic braces, which fits the lifestyles of many of our patients.

One common misconception is that braces hurt. Braces are like breaking in a pair of new shoes; there is an initial period of getting used to the braces. When braces or Invisalign aligners are first placed in the mouth, the teeth may ache or be tender, and the lips and cheeks may be sore for a few days. Once your mouth is used to the braces, however, it is uncommon to have much discomfort associated with braces.

Some people think that orthodontists only correct severe or complex orthodontic cases. Orthodontists are trained to recognize and differentiate the simple cases from the complex cases. If a case is complex, an orthodontist has been trained to know what to do.

For other common misconceptions about orthodontists and orthodontic treatment, please visit the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) website at braces.org.

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray. Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.


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