Don’t Fall For These Orthodontic Myths


For decades, braces have helped people achieve the smile that they desire, correct orthodontic issues, and increase their quality of life. Problems with the teeth, especially problems that affect the alignment of the jaw, can cause some serious issues down the road if they are not corrected early in life. Here at Camilo Riaño Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic services to San Francisco area residents and, in today’s post, we wanted to go over some of the most common myths that we hear surrounding braces and explain why these myths are untrue. We hope that by the end of this post, you have a better understanding of what is and isn’t true in relation to braces and that all of our readers feel more comfortable about our orthodontic services.

Braces are Nothing to be Scared of


Chances are good that if you are considering braces, you have heard certain myths surrounding this orthodontic apparatus. Whether you have heard that you will be able to pick up radio stations due to the added metal in your mouth or you have heard that you will set off a metal detector until your braces are removed, myths can go a long way in scaring people away from our services. Below, we have listed some of the most common myths we hear about braces and the reasons why these myths are false.

Myth 1: Braces must hurt to work.


This myth popped up because of a valid, yet outdated, issue with original braces. When braces were first developed, they were not the most comfortable appliances to wear. Between the metal brackets, wires, and, in some cases, headgear, braces were famously uncomfortable for years. Luckily, improvements in the materials used in making braces and new techniques practiced by modern orthodontists mean that people with braces experience much less discomfort. Even better, modern braces are more efficient than older braces while causing less pain, a win-win situation for both patient and orthodontist.

Myth 2: Wires on braces must constantly be changed.


In early uses of braces, the main wire threaded through the brackets needed to be changed quite often. This was due mainly to the fact that the main wire was the component of the braces doing most of the work when it came to aligning the teeth. The wire would be changed in order to apply different amounts of pressure to the teeth, shifting them into the desired position. Modern braces do not have this same requirement. Again, because of improved materials and techniques, modern braces are able to straighten a patient’s teeth with only an occasional changing of the wire. Modern orthodontic techniques make more use out of power chains, rubber chains made from an elastic material that work to pull the teeth closer together.


Join us again next time as we continue to cover some of the most common myths that we hear surrounding braces. If you would like to learn more about the braces services that we offer, such as our traditional braces, hidden lingual braces, or Invisalign clear aligners, please do not hesitate to visit our site through the provided links. With multiple braces options to chose from, we are certain that the professional and experienced team at Camilo Riaño Orthodontics can handle any orthodontic issues that you may be experiencing.