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You still have a few questions? This is where you can find key information and facts on all aspects of orthodontic therapy.

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Myths

MYTH: Braces are for kids.

FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult, and it's never too late.

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, orthodontists know what to do.

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

FACT: An orthodontist has two to three 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: 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.

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 ceramic, or unseen, mounted on the back (lingual) side of the teeth.

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