When most adults think of braces, they probably picture the unsightly metal version that was the only option in decades past. Fortunately, thanks to advances in modern dental technology, today’s patients don’t have to suffer through that long, painful, and inconvenient process.
Invisalign braces offer an easy, inconspicuous alternative for straightening teeth. Instead of the old metal braces that remained on your teeth for years, Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic trays that gradually correct crooked teeth.
The patient wears one tray for a couple of weeks, then switches to a new tray for another two weeks, and so on until the desired result is achieved. Like any newer procedure, a lot of myths have developed around Invisalign clear braces. Here, we examine (and debunk) twelve of the most common misconceptions.
Myth #1: I can’t afford Invisalign
Reality: In most cases, the cost of Invisalign is close to that of traditional metal braces, which makes it a viable alternative for budget-minded families. Also, contact you may our practice to learn about flexible financing options.
Myth #2: Invisalign braces are difficult to take out
Reality: The plastic trays are very easy to remove and replace when it’s time to eat or brush teeth.
Myth #3: Invisalign braces are painful or uncomfortable
Reality: The flexible plastic trays are designed to ensure non-invasive, gentle straightening. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign will not chafe or irritate the inside of your mouth.
Myth #4: It takes longer than traditional braces
Reality: Most patients find that Invisalign actually achieves results more quickly than traditional braces, with an average total treatment time of one year. The plastic trays are replaced twice a month, as opposed to the six-week adjustments for metal braces.
Myth #5: I’ll have to pay for replacement aligners if they get lost or damaged
Reality: Most dental practices will provide a limited number of replacements at no charge.
Myth #6: My insurance won’t cover Invisalign
Most of today’s dental insurance policies cover a significant portion of Invisalign costs.
Myth #7: Only adults can get clear braces
Reality: Invisalign is safe and effective for all ages.
Myth #8: My teeth are extremely crooked, so I’m not a candidate for Invisalign
Reality: Invisalign is not just used for simple cases. Even severely misaligned, gapped, or crooked teeth can be effectively and quickly straightened with clear braces.
Myth #9: Invisalign will affect my speech
Reality: When the aligners are initially placed, there may be a slight impact on speech for the first couple of days. In most cases, it will be a small lisp. This will fade as you get accustomed to having them in your mouth.
Myth #10: It will be a pain to clean the aligners every day
Reality: The aligners are very easy to remove and clean. You can purchase an Invisalign cleaning kit, or simply brush and rinse the trays.
Myth #11: I can wear the aligners as much or as little as I want
Reality: For maximum results in the smallest amount of time, dentists recommend wearing Invisalign for at least 20 hours per day. The aligners should be removed only for eating and oral hygiene.
Myth #12: I won’t be able to eat my favorite foods during treatment
Reality: Because the trays can be easily removed, you will be able to enjoy all the same foods and drinks you did before Invisalign. This isn’t the case with traditional metal braces, which cannot be removed and often cause food to become stuck. However, to ensure proper oral hygiene, it’s important to brush after each meal.