Orthodontic Myths

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

MYTH:  Orthodontists recognize the difference between a simple case and a complex one. And when a case is challenging, orthodontists 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 at straightening teeth and insuring 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:  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:  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. Because of the increase level of experience, the orthodontist can often do the work at the same price and to a higher standard.

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 Canadian Association of Orthodontists

FACT: Only certified orthodontists may become members of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.

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