Orthodontics is a maligned profession. The idea of needing braces strikes fear into the hearts of schoolchildren and adults alike.
The popular media persists in portraying orthodontic treatment as a form of torture sanctioned by society, a needlessly painful way of providing a cosmetic service. And no wonder; when people think braces will attract lightning in a thunderstorm, or set off metal detectors at the airport, misinformation spreads everywhere.
Ready for a laugh? Here are 15 orthodontic myths and facts to set you straight.