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Addressing Common Orthodontic Myths with Dr. Kelley Mingus

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that specializes in the straightening and alignment of teeth. As a certified orthodontist, Dr. Kelley Mingus is often asked questions as patients try to make informed decisions about orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding orthodontics that can confuse or even dissuade interested patients. In this article, Dr. Mingus will address some common myths and provide facts and insights about the field of orthodontics.

Myth #1: Braces Are Only for Children

Contrary to popular belief, braces are not just for children. In fact, adult orthodontic treatment has become increasingly common in recent years. People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment, whether they are looking to correct misaligned teeth, improve their smile, or contribute to their overall dental health. There are several different types of braces, and adults may even qualify for alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as invisible aligners or ceramic braces.

Myth #2: Orthodontic Treatment Is Painful

Many people assume that orthodontic treatment is painful, but the level of discomfort will vary from person to person. Metal braces and aligners may cause some initial pressure and soreness as the teeth try to adjust, but this discomfort is generally mild and temporary. Dr. Mingus offers several tips and suggestions designed to help make the transition to braces more comfortable.

Myth #3: Orthodontic Treatment Takes Several Years

One of the most common orthodontic myths is that treatment takes several years to complete. While the actual length of time will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity of the patient’s misalignment and the type of braces used, the average treatment time is roughly 12 to 18 months. In some cases, treatment may be completed in as little as six months.

Myth #4: Orthodontic Treatment Is Unaffordable

Many people assume that orthodontic treatment is unaffordable due to the perceived high costs. However, advances in orthodontic technology have made treatment more affordable than ever before. Furthermore, many insurance providers offer orthodontic coverage or discounts for eligible patients. Additionally, Dr. Mingus offers flexible payment plans and other financing options designed to help make treatment more feasible for patients.

Myth #5: Orthodontic Treatment Can Damage Teeth

Another common myth is that orthodontic treatment can damage the teeth. The truth is that orthodontic treatment is designed to help improve and enhance a patient’s dental health. By properly aligning the teeth, an orthodontic treatment can protect a patient from several oral health problems in the future, such as tooth decay and gum disease.


Orthodontic treatment can help people of all ages achieve the smile they have always wanted and contribute to their overall dental health. Dr. Kelley Mingus offers tips and insight to help debunk some of the common myths that often discourage people from exploring orthodontic treatment. To learn more about orthodontics or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mingus, please visit the website or contact the office today.