Mythbusting Orthodontics

Mythbusting Orthodontics
Posted on 12/14/2016

Mythbusting Orthodontics: Braces Breakdown

At Columbia Orthodontics, our mission is to help each of our patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile – and we believe patient education is critical to that cause. We've heard some unfortunate rumors and myths about orthodontic treatment that leave many patients with fears and beliefs that just aren't founded, so for this blog, we wanted to dispel a few of the most common myths surrounding orthodontic treatment.


Orthodontic Myths – Busted!

  • Braces Are Painful: This is probably the most common misconception out there about braces. So, let us say it loud and clear: braces don't hurt! It's common for patients to experience a minor sense of pressure or discomfort after first getting braces, but this is manageable with warm salt water rinses or over the counter painkillers and will fade within days.

  • My Teeth Will Get Straighter Over Time: If there's one thing to know about malocclusions and alignment problems, it's that they almost always get worse over time, not better! Orthodontic treatment is the only way to ensure a straight, healthy smile.

  • My Dentist Can Give Me Braces: Orthodontic treatments use complex techniques and technologies to make significant, permanent changes to the teeth, jaws, and facial structure. These treatments take years of proprietary training that regular dentists simply don't have. The only way to ensure safe, successful treatment is to work with a licensed orthodontist.

  • Only Teens Can Get Braces: Far from it! While the majority of our patients are adolescents, we also provide early and adult orthodontic treatment. In fact, over a quarter of our patients are adults!


Contact Your Hermiston & Pendleton, OR Orthodontist

We hope this has helped to clear up some of the confusion around orthodontic treatment, but if you still have questions, we're always happy to help. You can call us at 541-567-0102 for our Hermiston office or 541-276-2512 for our Pendleton office and we'll be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment at either of our offices, we encourage you to reach out to us at our contact page or use our online appointment request form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and information on keeping your smile healthy, straight, and beautiful!