Myths and Facts

In the Internet Age, people have more freedom to share information with others. Unfortunately, not all the information you read online is factual. Here are the most common myths and facts surrounding orthodontics you need to be aware of:

MYTH:  You should only go to an orthodontist for complex teeth alignment cases.
FACT: An orthodontist has been trained and educated to recognize and differentiate between a simple and complex case. They are also the only ones who are trained to perform orthodontic treatments.

MYTH: Family dentists can straighten teeth.
FACT: Some family dentists may claim that they can straighten your teeth however, orthodontists are the ones who have received formal training to specialize in teeth straightening. To be an orthodontist, a graduate of dental school has to undergo another 2-3 years of education in an accredited residency program. And unlike general dentists, orthodontists only practice orthodontics. They treat hundreds of patients every year using tried and tested technologies and methods to ensure the best outcomes.

MYTH: Only kids should get braces.
FACT: About 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult.

MYTH: Metal braces will stick to magnets.
FACT: Braces are made from non-magnetic materials.

MYTH: Braces are painful to wear and you’ll need to wear them for at least 2 years.
FACT: There’s an adjustment period for new users but after this, they won’t feel any pain or discomfort anymore. Some people need to wear braces for several months but others may require up to two years depending on the need.

MYTH: You can download songs on your iPod using signals coming from braces that can connect to the Internet.
FACT: Absolutely not.

MYTH: Braces are hideous and are embarrassing.
FACT: There are now newer types of braces like lingual braces which are installed behind the teeth. There are also clear aligners and porcelain braces that are barely noticeable.

MYTH: Any licensed dentist can join the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
FACT: Memberships for the American Association of Orthodontists are only available to orthodontists.

American Dental Association
American Association of Orthodontics
World Federation of Orthodontists
New York State Dental Association
9th District dental society