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Through the advances in technology throughout time, braces are one thing that have remained constant. Have you ever wondered how much you really know about those mysterious metal squares on  your teeth? Here is a list of five orthodontic myths and facts to clear up any unfinished business you and your braces may have with one another:

MYTH: Braces are very painful and can take a long time – as in several years –  to accomplish their result.

FACT: There are many types of braces that can’t be seen in the mouth at all. There are different types of braces that will fit anyone’s lifestyle who chooses to wear them.

MYTH: Braces are only for kids.

FACT: Braces are for anyone at any age. About 20 percent of orthodontic patients are actually adults. While adult teeth take longer to move than baby teeth do, it is definitely possible and, in fact, common for adults to get braces.

MYTH: Orthodontists are more expensive than dentists

FACT: When comparing strictly numbers, this may be true. But when compared to services and averaged with services, procedures, and money, orthodontists do a lot more. They must complete an additional two years of schooling after dental school just to become an orthodontist, so they are naturally going to charge more for their services.

MYTH: My family dentist can straighten my teeth.

FACT: Orthodontists are specifically trained to do this, and your family dentists might not be. While your family dentist can do a lot for you, your orthodontist is someone you’ll have to go to in order to receive proper teeth-straightening treatment.

MYTH: Orthodontists are needed only for complex oral surgeries

FACT: Orthodontists can recognize the difference between a complex case a simple case. They can then determine whether they are specialized expertise is good enough for that case or if they should get someone who is more suited for the procedure.