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5 Myths About Braces

1. 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.

2. MYTH: Braces are for kids.

FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

3. MYTH: My family dentist says he can straighten my teeth.

FACT: An orthodontist has two to three years of specialized training beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth.

4. 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.

                                                                                               
Adapted from Braces.org

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