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Welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics, your top Invisalign, Lingual braces, and clear ceramic braces provider in San Francisco and the surrounding areas. Aside from providing the best orthodontic care in the area, we aim to help you better understand your oral health and dismantle any confusion or misconceptions surrounding the orthodontic procedure or how you’ll benefit from it. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of these misconceptions, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak with our orthodontists.

They Just Change Your Appearance

Although many people come to an orthodontist for cosmetic reasons, the main reason for getting braces is for your oral health. Although many orthodontists are happy that their patients come to them with hopes of improving their smile, most orthodontists will likely tell you that their main goal is to improve oral health. Along with regular visits to the dentist, realigning teeth to improve your bite and make oral hygiene easier is something that will have a long-term positive impact on your oral health.

Metal Braces Work Best

Although there’s certainly nothing wrong with traditional metal braces, they’re not for everyone. Traditional braces are by far the most popular option, partly due to the fact that many people don’t know there are other options out there or that their orthodontist only provides this type of braces. Actually, hidden braces like lingual braces, Invisalign, or clear ceramic braces will move your teeth at the same rate as traditional braces and with Camilo Riano’s AcceleDent technology, you’ll be able to have your braces off even sooner than with traditional braces! Speak with our orthodontists to see if one of these options is right for you.

Mail Order Orthodontic Treatment Works

Lately, we’ve been hearing about a lot of “DIY” and “in-home” orthodontic treatment options out there. Although this may seem like a tempting offer, it’s not a good idea at all. The whole purpose of visiting the orthodontist is to ensure that your teeth are aligned properly to allow for a healthy bite. But without an orthodontist checking them regularly, there will be no way to ensure they are moving into the correct spot. If anything should go wrong during one of these DIY orthodontic treatments, you would have no one to go to for help. If you want the job done correctly, always speak with an orthodontist who specializes in braces.

Braces Break Easily

Many people avoid getting braces simply due to the belief that they will be more trouble than they’re worth. These people hear horror stories of brackets breaking and setting them back days or weeks or wires breaking and causing painful mouth sores. Although brackets and wires can certainly break, they’re also a lot more durable than most people believe and when they break it’s usually as a result of chewing something hard. Luckily, here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics, we offer a variety of options, so if wires and brackets are a concern, you can consider Invisalign or Invisalign Teen which use removable aligners instead of the traditional metal brackets used with lingual braces or traditional braces.

You’ll Have To Completely Change Your Diet

It’s by no means a secret that taking a bite from an apple with braces on is not a good idea. But this doesn’t mean you have to stop eating them altogether or change your entire diet because you have braces on, it just means you’ll need to change the way it’s prepared. If you want to eat an apple, you should cut it into small pieces and maybe even remove the peel to prevent it from getting stuck in your brackets. If you want to eat something like carrots, be sure they’re cooked enough that they become soft.

Only Teens Can Get Braces

One of the most common misconceptions out there about braces is that only children or teens can get them. Although most people choose to have braces applied in their early teens, this does not mean you can’t have them on later in life even into adulthood. Your teeth can be adjusted regardless of your age and it’s never too late to visit an orthodontist.

Speak With Our Orthodontists

Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about braces and general orthodontic treatment and many people avoid it as a result. Here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics, we make it our top priority to help you understand the pros and cons of having braces applied and if you do choose braces, to ensure that you’re aware of all of the options there are available to you such as Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, lingual braces, and clear ceramic braces. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us, give us a call today.