While watching Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel the other night, it made me think of the many myths and misconceptions there are out there about braces. Hopefully after reading this blog, the confusion and fears of some will be alleviated.
Myth # 1 – If I get braces I will beep when I go thru a metal detector.
Myth-Buster – Braces do not set off metal detectors so go ahead and book that next vacation.
Myth #2 – I am too old for braces, they are for young kids.
Myth-Buster – You are never TOO old for braces, in reality about 25% of our practice are adult patients.
Myth# 3 – Braces are big, ugly and very noticeable.
Myth-Buster – With the advancements in technology braces have become smaller, more efficient and there are even options for a clear bracket.
Myth#4 – Any dentist can put braces on and straighten teeth
Myth-Buster – Sure anyone can put a bracket on a tooth and straighten that tooth out. However, an orthodontist has studied not only how to straighten teeth, but also how to make sure they stay that way. They have taken courses on facial growth and development and how to make your teeth fit and function together properly. An orthodontist will straighten teeth while taking facial profiles and jaw joints into consideration when they treat a case. Only an orthodontist can be accredited by the American Association of Orthodontist.