Myths and Facts

MYTH: Orthodontics only is for straightening teeth

FACT: While most cases are designed to straighten teeth, improve smiles, and align bites, Orthodontists also treat more complex cases where jaw alignment, severe misalignment, and Anatomical variation in size and shape of the jaws may require additional surgery and/or a multi disciplinary approach. The orthodontist will consult and work with other specialists and the family dentist as needed.

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 beautiful smile.

MYTH: My family dentist says he can straighten my teeth

FACT: An orthodontist has 3-4 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 teenagers

FACT: In the UK, some practices have 50% adult patients. In the United States, about one-third of all patients are adults.

Some adult treatments are cosmetic, but many others are complex procedures to fix major problems that only appear in adulthood, even if the patient has braces as a teenager.

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.