3 Common Myths and Facts of Orthodontic Treatments

There are some common myths associated with braces that discourage many people from getting the dental care they need. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 common myths and the corresponding facts about orthodontic treatments.

Myth: Braces are just for kids.
Fact: According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. It’s never too late to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position, or jaw-joint disorders. The biological process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age, although it may take longer for an adult than a child or adolescent. Source: http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/adult/orthodontics/22,DD109

Myth: Braces are the only treatment for alignment issues.
Fact: Braces are still the most common treatment, but alternatives are now available. Invisalign, for example, is quickly becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments because it delivers the benefits of braces while being nearly invisible. An orthodontist can help you explore your options. Source: http://happytoothnc.com/top-10-myths-of-orthodontic-treatment/

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. Source: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/braces/unitek/resources/myths-about-braces/

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