Myths and Facts

from the America Association of Orthodontists

 

MYTH: Orthodontists are appropriate only for the most challenging and complex orthodontic cases.

FACT: Orthodontists recognize the difference between a simple case and a complex one. And, when a case is challenging, they are trained to know what to do.

MYTH: My family dentist says he can straighten my teeth.

FACT: An orthodontist has 2-3 years of specialized training beyond dental school and is a specialist in straightening teeth and ensuring proper form and function. A dentist may see a handful of cases a year amid drilling and filling. An orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats hundreds of patients.

MYTH: Braces are for kids.

FACT: 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult.

MYTH: Orthodontists charge more than general dentists for orthodontic treatment.

FACT: It’s not the same work. The value in seeing an orthodontist for treatment is that the orthodontist is an expert, highly experienced and understands form, function and a wonderful smile.

MYTH: Braces are painful and take two years or more for the desired result.

FACT: After the adjustment period, like breaking in a new pair of shoes, braces are comfortable. Some may be worn for months, not years.

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