Braces Don’t Have to be Mysterious


Hello again, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! If you are just now joining us, we are concluding the second part of our blog series on common myths that we hear about braces. As orthodontists, we here at Camilo Riaño Orthodontics have heard just about every thing you can think of in relation to braces. While some of the myths we have heard are funny, more often than not they are simply untrue ideas that have been passed around by word of mouth because somebody’s uncle’s cousin’s friend once told them it was true. By the end of this post, we hope that we have laid some of these myths to rest and that all of our San Francisco readers feel more comfortable when it comes to seeking out orthodontic treatment. Continue reading below to see some more myths debunked.

Myth 3: Braces start working immediately.


This myth is, in our opinion, one of the weirder ones out there. One of the most well-known facts about braces is that they take about 2 years to work. Why then, do some people believe that braces will start working immediately once they are placed on the teeth? If we had to guess, we would imagine this myth cropped up because of a general misunderstanding of how braces work by the common person. The gains made during orthodontic treatments are small. Each visit to the orthodontist is accompanied with a small adjustment to the braces, an adjustment that is designed to move the teeth ever so slightly into a better position. If the teeth are moved too quickly, damage can occur to the roots of the teeth, a situation that no one wants to have to deal with. So, remember, braces don’t start working immediately, however, a few months into treatment most people can start to tell that their teeth are moving into a better position.

Myth 4: Braces are a permanent solution.


This myth, in our opinion, is one of the most dangerous ones out there. Too often, we hear our patients talk about how excited they are that their braces are doing to make their teeth straight and keep them straight forever. While this is the exact outcome that orthodontists strive for, braces by themselves are not enough to keep teeth straight forever. Braces are the device used to move the teeth into the perfect position and, after that position has been achieved, retainers are used to make sure that the teeth stay where they are supposed to. Because teeth misalignment is caused by natural forces that affect a patient throughout their life, such as their tongue pushing against the back of their teeth, retainers are necessary in making sure that all of the time and money spent on braces wasn’t for nothing.

Myth 5: The braces removal date is set in stone.


When a patient has their initial orthodontic visit, the orthodontist will establish a tentative date that they can expect to have their braces removed. The important thing to remember about this date is the fact that it is not a guaranteed date that the braces will be removed, it is simply an approximate timeline that can be used by the orthodontist to track the treatment progress of their patient.


Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series on the most common myths surrounding braces. If you are looking for a braces option that provides all of the perks of traditional braces without the cosmetic compromises, please visit our website today to learn more about our Incognito hidden lingual braces. Place behind the teeth, lingual braces are a great way to straighten teeth while retaining the aesthetic appearance of the mouth.