Addressing the myths of braces…Do braces attract aquatic life, radio signals and lightning? There've been some outrageous myths associated with braces and the braces lifestyle. We're just here to set the record straight.
The following information is provided by the American Association of Orthodontists.
MYTH: Braces are for kids.
FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
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: 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 ceramic, or unseen, mounted on the back (lingual) side of the teeth.
MYTH: Any dentist may join the American Association of Orthodontists.
FACT: Only orthodontists may become members of the American Association of Orthodontists.