Here at Speaks Orthodontics, we often hear all sorts of myths about orthodontic treatment. And unfortunately, these rumors often make some of our patients put off treatment than can align their teeth and brighten their smile.

Below are 10 of the most popular myths we hear throughout the day:

1. You Don’t Need to Visit Your Orthodontists While You Wear Braces

It’s important that people who are getting orthodontic treatment keep their regularly scheduled appointments with their orthodontists.

2. Orthodontic Treatment Takes “Forever”

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to take years and years. Some patients only need to wear an appliance for a few months for their teeth to come into alignment.

3. Orthodontic Treatments Only Improves Your Look

There are surprisingly few treatments in dentistry that are merely for looks. Straight teeth not only look better, but they help you to eat and speak better.

4. All Braces Are Made of Metal

Patients now have the option of choosing braces that are made out of ceramic as well as metal. You can even forgo braces altogether and wear aligners, which are made out of clear plastic.

5. Only Kids Need Orthodontic Treatment

Though we suggest starting treatment as young as possible, people of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment.

6. Orthodontics Hurts

Orthodontics, even metal braces, hurt considerably less than they used to thanks to new technologies.

7. Orthodontic Treatment is Too Expensive

Orthodontic treatment can be pricey, but our patients can take advantage of dental insurance and our payment plans.

8. People Who Have Wisdom Teeth Must Have Braces

Just because you have wisdom teeth, that doesn’t mean your teeth will be out of alignment.

9. You Have to Give Up Your Favorite Foods

While it is true that you can’t enjoy sugary or sticky foods, like gum or caramel popcorn, the list of things you can’t eat with braces is relatively small. And if you have aligners, you won’t have to give up your favorite foods at all.

10. You’ll Never Have Misaligned Teeth Again

Unfortunately, wearing braces doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never have crooked teeth again. Wearing a retainer at night goes a long way in keeping your teeth aligned.