6 March 2024
Common Orthodontic Myths Debunked
by Dr Shaz

They say limited knowledge can be a dangerous thing and this rings especially true in orthodontics. Whether you're considering braces for the first time or returning for additional treatment, it's common to have certain assumptions. However, approaching a procedure with a full understanding of what’s about to happen can offer some much-needed peace of mind.

It’s human nature to create myths when we face concepts we don't fully understand. In this field of expertise, there are very few qualified services like Milk Orthodontics in New Zealand, whose opinions you can trust entirely. With over 15 years of invaluable experience in the field, we're here to debunk common misconceptions surrounding topics like getting braces, clear aligners, and other orthodontic treatments.

Dispelling Orthodontic Misconceptions 

Myth 1: Only kids and teenagers wear braces

This is one of the most popular myths in the field of orthodontics and understandably so. It’s not often that we see older people – anyone beyond their teens – sporting braces. But that doesn’t mean orthodontic treatments are not meant for adults.

While it’s advisable to correct any issues at an early age, it’s never too late to pursue that radiant smile with perfectly aligned teeth. In fact, adults have more orthodontic treatment options to choose from, based on their preferences. 

Myth 2: Orthodontic treatments are purely cosmetic procedures

On the surface, the most noticeable advantage of orthodontic treatments is the fact that you start to look better with a beautiful smile. But it’s merely scratching the surface of their benefits. Beyond aesthetics, orthodontic procedures like getting braces improve other important aspects of your oral health. 

You can speak, chew, and bite better, along with improved oral hygiene. And let’s not forget the massive boost in self-esteem and confidence that comes with straight teeth benefits!

Myth 3: Orthodontic treatments are only for the rich

Most patients who badly need braces decide not to get them simply because they assume they are too expensive. And we don’t blame them either; many orthodontic practices tend to quote large and generic cost estimates without understanding a patient’s specific needs. 

At Milk Orthodontics, however, we follow a transparent pricing model that's flexible with individual consultations. With easy options like our in-house, interest-free payment plans for braces and clear aligner treatments, there’s no excuse to deny yourself a perfect smile!

Myth 4: Braces mean goodbye to my favourite foods

This is only partially accurate depending on what your go-to foods are. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your favourite snacks for the entirety of your treatment. Your assigned specialist at Milk Orthodontics will offer personalised guidance on which foods to avoid and which ones are safe based on your individual needs. 

Moreover, this concern is more pertinent with traditional metal braces – using removable clear aligners like Invisalign can solve this problem with ease.

Myth 5: Braces are inconvenient and always visible

Getting orthodontic care doesn't mean you can't look good along the way. And braces aren't the only answer when it comes to straightening your teeth. At Milk Orthodontics, we've got options for both good looks and easy convenience – from traditional metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign.

It’s all about finding what works best for you whether you're in the middle of treatment or showing off your perfect smile at the end of it. Moreover, even metal braces have evolved into a fashion trend lately!

Myth 6: All dentists who offer braces are orthodontists

The idea that anyone can straighten teeth is a complete myth. Sure, dentists and clear aligner providers can offer some help, but they're no match for the skills of a qualified orthodontist. It's like expecting someone to swim just because they've read a book on how to swim. On the other hand, our team of orthodontic specialists in Auckland have undergone years of intensive training to master the art of teeth straightening.

Myth 7: Orthodontic treatment can fix my teeth forever

Braces and aligners’ results are long-lasting but not permanent unless you put in the effort to maintain them. Apart from braces, wearing teeth retainers is essential to preserve straight teeth for the long haul. Moreover, regular check-ins with orthodontists are key to keeping track of progress. 

Some people think orthodontic treatments take several years, while others hope for a quick fix in a couple of appointments. At Milk Orthodontics, our expert team is here to steer you through the timeline.


Now that these myths are out of the way, we're confident that you have a completely different perspective on orthodontic treatments. Let’s pave the way for a clearer and obstacle-free journey toward achieving that perfect smile. And it’s natural to have a newfound curiosity and more questions about braces, clear aligners, and retainers. Take the next step and visit our clinic for an expert consultation tailored to your dental needs. Reach out to us and discover how we do things differently at Milk Orthodontics!