If you’re looking into straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment, you might find that clear aligner therapy is the preferred choice for many teens and adults. But you’ll likely also find some myths about clear aligner therapy for treating crooked or gapped teeth. We bust some of the most popular myths about Invisalign® below:
1.) Clear Braces Stain – Clear braces is a general term that can encompass clear aligner therapy, or more traditional braces that use tooth-colored brackets and wires to reduce visibility. Because brackets are bonded to your teeth, these clear braces are exposed to highly-pigmented food and drink and can therefore stain. Invisalign®, however, does not use brackets and wires and is removable. Invisalign® should be taken out during meal times and therefore has a significantly reduced chance of staining. Your clear aligner trays are also swapped out every two weeks, so you periodically receive a fresh aligner throughout the course of treatment, and do not have to worry about discoloration. Your aligners can also be brushed and rinsed to avoid any negative effects from food and drink.
2.) Invisalign® is Expensive - The national average cost of braces is the same as the cost of Invisalign®. While only your dentist and your insurance provider can give you final numbers for cost and coverage, Invisalign® is comparable to the cost of traditional metal braces.
3.) I Have Extensive Orthodontic Issues and Invisalign® Won’t Work for Me – Invisalign® can be used to treat the same variety of dental issues as regular braces. With help from a skilled dentist, Invisalign® can treat both complex and minor instances of crowding, gapping, and bite problems. Drs. Zanzi have over 10 years of experiencing caring for dental patients and can map out an effective treatment plan for addressing oral health issues with Invisalign®
4.) Clear Braces are Just for Teens – The benefit of getting dental treatment that is subtle and convenient is perfect for anyone who is worried about standing out for the wrong reasons. No matter what your age, Invisalign® can work for you.
5.) Treatment with Invisalign® is Faster / Slower than Braces – Moving teeth with gentle pressure takes the same amount of time, no matter what orthodontic treatment you choose. The average length of treatment with Invisalign® is 12-14 months. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the severity of your oral health concerns will affect the length of your treatment plan.
To learn more about getting a straighter smile with Invisalign®, contact Drs. Raj and Insiya Zanzi at Twelve Bridges Dental Group.