Explanation: This is more of an observation than a myth, however, it is worth having on the list. The process of fitting and maintaining braces takes time because the repositioning of the teeth needs to be carefully controlled. If the teeth are incorrectly repositioned it can cause severe damage. And of course, the length of time required for repositioning is dependent on the severity of the case. Also, outside factors may hinder the movement, i.e. broken bands, stubborn teeth etc, which take additional time to correct.
These are just some of the common myths in a sea of orthodontic conspiracies. But we hope we have cleared these up for you. If you have braces, retainer or clear aligner question or myth you want answered, please do not hesitate to contact us at DentalCareXtra, or check our page on teeth straightening options. Alternatively, complete the form below, and one of our friendly team members will contact you.
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