Myths and Facts
Myths and Facts
When it comes to braces, achieving a happy and confident smile begins by learning to differentiate the facts from myths. At our practice, we get asked a lot of questions by our new patients and we always do our best to correct any misconceptions about orthodontics.
MYTH: People only need braces to improve their looks.
FACT: While straightening the teeth can certainly help you look better, it’s not the only reason for wanting braces. Braces keep your teeth healthy and boost your overall oral health. When teeth are crooked or not lined up properly, they’re harder to clean.
MYTH: Orthodontists should only be considered for complex and challenging orthodontic cases.
FACT: Orthodontists specialize in treating teeth alignment issues. They have the training and experience to discern between simple and complex cases, and regardless of your particular situation, an orthodontist would know what to do to help you achieve the smile you deserve.
MYTH: Family dentists can straighten teeth.
FACT: Family dentists have graduated from dental school, just like orthodontists. The difference is that an orthodontist receives an additional 2-3 years of full time training in an accredited orthodontic program. Unlike family dentists, they only deal with orthodontic issues and treat hundreds of patients every year. They have extensive knowledge of various orthodontic appliances, orthodontic technology, and other devices.
MYTH: Only kids can benefit from braces.
FACT: About 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult. Anyone can benefit from braces, and you’re never too old to benefit from braces.
MYTH: Braces are painful and it will take years before you’ll notice any significant changes.
FACT: Modern braces are made of materials that are no longer clunky or painful. Naturally, there’s an adjustment period but after a day or two, your braces will feel comfortable inside your mouth. Moreover, most patients will wear braces for months, not years.
MYTH: Braces are very unattractive.
FACT: Modern braces are esthetically appealing. You also have several choices, including ceramic braces which are nearly invisible and lingual braces, which are placed at the back of the teeth. You may also consider clear aligner trays like ClearCorrect, which are pretty much invisible.
MYTH: Orthodontists have a low profile.
FACT: Orthodontists often do their part for the community by offering discounted or even free services to those in need.
MYTH: Any dentist can be part of the American Association of Orthodontist (AAO).
FACT: Any dentist can be part of the American Association of Orthodontist (AAO).
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