As you check out orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, it’s important to make sure you have accurate information. Plenty of faulty ideas and folklore have been heralded as orthodontic gospel. Get your facts straight as you check out this list of common orthodontic myths:
Myth: I can have my family dentist straighten my teeth
Reality: Just like people visit a neurologist, not a family doctor, for issues relating to the brain, you should see an orthodontist to correct alignment and bite problems. Beyond regular dental school, orthodontists complete another two to three years of advanced training relating to the function and fit of teeth.
Myth: Only kids need braces.
Reality: A little less than 20 percent of orthodontic patients are 18 years or older. Not only will a straight smile look fantastic, but it also makes brushing and flossing easier, which can improve oral health.
Myth: I can download songs onto an iPod off signals from my braces that link to the Internet.
Reality: Though this would be a great selling point for young patients, it’s not possible at this time.
Myth: Orthodontic treatment takes two years and is very painful.
Reality: Braces aren’t one-size fits all. Treatment time depends on your specific case, ranging from a few months to a couple of years. As for discomfort, you may experience some initial soreness, but after the adjustment period, most people have few complaints.
Myth: All braces are ugly and embarrassing.
Reality: While traditional metal brackets aren’t the most appealing choice, newer options exist for less noticeable orthodontic treatment. Many kids and teens choose brightly-colored wires and brackets to add flare to their orthodontia. Adults who want to preserve their professional images may want to consider Invisalign clear braces, lingual braces that go on the back of the teeth, or ceramic brackets.