Invisalign – 9 Myths Debunked
If you’re considering Invisalign, no doubt you’ve been researching it online to find out if it will work for you. Unfortunately, there is a lot misinformation on the Internet, and it’s easy to think that some things are true when you read them repeatedly. We’ve rounded up nine of the most-common misconceptions to help clear things up once and for all.
Myth #1: It Only Works on Kids
Invisalign works for people of all ages. In fact, it’s incredibly popular with adults, because the aligners are undetectable even when speaking face-to-face with someone.
Myth #2: It Can Only Help People Who Need Minor Corrections
Over the years, the process has improved greatly. Although the aligners work differently than traditional braces, they can correct most of the same problems nowadays. It doesn’t matter if your teeth are crooked, have gaps, or are even twisted- you may still be a good candidate.
Myth #3: The System Costs More than Traditional Braces
Treatment and aligners are competitively priced, and the total cost is based on the number of aligners you’ll need, as well as the total amount of treatment time.
Myth #4: People Have to Miss a Lot of School or Work to Keep Up with Appointments
Although the aligners have to be changed out every couple of weeks, appointments aren’t needed every time. Your dentist only needs to see you every so often to check your progress. Moreover, these visits are incredibly quick, and can usually be worked in during a lunch break or on the way to and from daily activities.
Myth #5: The Aligners Interfere with Speech
Some people report having a period of adjustment when they first start treatment. However, within a few days or weeks, the tongue gets accustomed to the feel of the trays and speech returns to normal.
Myth #6: Treatment takes longer than it would have with Traditional Braces
The length of time it takes to create a Hollywood smile is determined by the original position of the teeth and the type of corrections needed. In some cases, Invisalign works quicker than traditional braces.
Myth #7: The Aligners Begin to Look Dingy and Stained Very Quickly
Aligners are not intended to be worn while eating. By following the instructions and taking care to brush and floss before putting them back on, they maintain their “like new” appearance. They can also be cleaned with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a specially-designed maintenance system can be used if the need arises. Aligners are only intended to be worn for a couple of weeks, and when the prescribed treatment plan is followed, they don’t have the opportunity to stain.
Myth #8: The Aligners Cause Cavities
Some people have trouble with decay while wearing traditional braces because it can be difficult to clean between teeth and around the brackets. However, because the aligners are designed to go on clean teeth, and are not worn while eating, it’s easier to practice proper oral hygiene and the risk of decay is low.
Myth #9: It Won’t Work for You
The only way to know whether you’re a candidate or not is to visit a dentist who specializes in Invisalign. Even if you think it won’t work for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist. If, for some reason, you really aren’t a good candidate for this particular treatment, your dentist can tell you what options are available to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.