FACT: Orthodontists are appropriate only for the most challenging and complex orthodontic cases.
MYTH: 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 2-3 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: Braces are for kids.
FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
MYTH: If there was a giant, overhead magnet and someone flipped a switch, people wearing braces would fly out of their chairs and stick to the ceiling.
FACT: Unlikely, as braces are made from non-magnetic materials.
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. Because of the increase level of experience, the orthodontist can often do the work at the same price and to a higher standard.
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 clear plastic, or unseen, mounted on the back (lingual) side of the teeth.
MYTH: Orthodontists have a low profile.
FACT: Orthodontists give back to the community by offering free, discounted, services to patients in need.
MYTH: Any dentist may join the Canadian Association of Orthodontists
FACT: Only certified orthodontists may become members of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.