Myth: Any dentist can treat a malocclusion.
Fact: While any dentist can perform a diagnostic evaluation for your crooked teeth and explain your treatment options to you, you need an orthodontist for a comprehensive and proper treatment of crooked teeth.
Myth: Orthodontic treatment is performed only in teenagers.
Fact: Age does not matter too much when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While braces were only performed for teenagers in the past, nowadays, even people in their 30s and 40s are getting braces treatment for a better smile.
Myth: Orthodontic treatments take too long to be effective.
Fact: Complete orthodontic treatment takes around 10-18 months. The braces start fixing the teeth slowly and steadily immediately after they are applied, and you can notice most of the facial and dental changes made by braces within 2-3 months of starting the treatment.
Myth: Braces are painful.
Fact: You can experience sharp pain due to braces, but it is very rare. Most of the time, if pain occurs, it is very bearable and at most, you will experience minor discomfort.
Myth: Metal braces are the only treatment option.
Fact: Nowadays, in addition to metal braces, there are several other treatment options like aligners, ceramic braces, lingual braces, etc., that provide the same correction but are more aesthetically pleasing.
Myth: Braces can weaken the teeth and lead to tooth loss.
Fact: If dental braces are kept on for too long, they can lead to root resorption and tooth loss, but that is extremely rare, and if the dentist is experienced, you will have no problem.