In today’s world, there are plenty of misconceptions about pretty much any topic under the sun. Whether they’re based on fairy tales or simple misinformation, it’s important to figure out fact from fiction so you can best live your life.

When it comes to the information circulated about orthodontic treatment, there are plenty of rumors out there that too many people believe. We’re here to set the record straight on a few things and dispel a few common myths.

The Most Common Misconceptions About Orthodontics

You’re Going to Have a “Metal Mouth” for a Long Time

While this may have been the case years and years ago, advances in technology have made the type and length of your orthodontic treatment much different. Aside from having more options, such as clear aligners or ceramic braces, many modern-day orthodontic treatments can be completed in a much shorter time.

You’ll See A Difference Immediately

Sorry to disappoint you, but slow and steady wins the race when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Moving and realigning your teeth takes time so, rather than see results right away, you’ll notice smaller changes over time.

There’s a Set Day Your Braces Will Come Off

While your orthodontist if you a rough estimate of when they believe your treatment will be complete, every patient is unique, so there is no definitive day got your braces will come off. In some cases, it takes a little bit longer than the projected time, so you just have to be patient.

Your Teeth Will Remain Straight Forever

While we wish this was the case, even with orthodontic treatment, your teeth naturally move over the course of your life, so they may try to revert back to their misaligned state. That’s why your orthodontist would give you a retainer to keep them in place even after your braces come off.