Myths and Facts
MYTH: Orthodontists are appropriate only for the most challenging and complex orthodontic cases.
FACT: Orthodontists have the education, experience and expertise to recognize the difference between a simple case and a complex one. And when a case is challenging, orthodontists know what to do.
MYTH: Braces are for kids.
FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
MYTH: If there was a giant, overhead magnet and someone flipped a switch, people wearing braces would fly out of their chairs and stick to the ceiling.
FACT: Unlikely, as braces are made from non-magnetic materials.
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.
MYTH: Signals from braces link to the Internet to download songs onto an iPod.
FACT: This is not possible right now.
MYTH: Braces are ugly, call attention to themselves and would be embarrassing in business settings.
FACT: Today's braces may be nearly invisible, made from clear plastic, or unseen, mounted on the back (lingual) side of the teeth.
MYTH: Orthodontists have a low profile
FACT: Orthodontists give back to the community by offering free, discounted, services to patients in need.
MYTH: Any dentist may join the American Association of Orthodontists
FACT: Only orthodontists may become members of the American Association of Orthodontists.
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