Common Myths About Invisalign

By Carol Waldman November 20, 2017

Invisalign is fast becoming a very popular alternative to metal braces for many. As with any new development or advancement in dental treatment and technology there are always misconceptions and misinformation out there. We decided to put all of those myths to bed. Read on to learn the truth about Invisalign, and how it can help give you the smile that you have always dreamed of.

Myth 1 – The Invisalign process can only make minor improvements

It is easy to see how this one got started, just because the Invisalign treatment uses a transparent brace, it is automatically assumed that it will be less effective than the metal alternative. The truth is that Invisalign can provide most patients with a solution to their crooked smile. It is important to note that a dentist’s ability is a contributing factor to how effective the Invisalign treatment is. If you are considering having Invisalign to correct your smile, then the first step is to make sure that you have done your research on your dentist to make sure that they have done this successfully before.

Myth 2 – Invisalign costs a lot more than metal braces

The fact is that costs vary from location to location. Overall, it is a fact that Invisalign is on a fairly level playing field when it comes to the cost of having the braces. This may come as a shock to many, but through a little bit of research you will be able to find out exactly how much the Invisalign treatments costs in your area compared to the old-fashioned method. Another great idea is to contact the best dentist in your area that has a proven track record of giving patients great Invisalign treatments.

Myth 3 – Children cannot have Invisalign

This is a common misunderstanding. Probably caused by the sheer amount of advertising that has been targeted to adults. In fact, many teenagers have seen great results from Invisalign. The first step as always is to get in touch with a dentist that is able to help out a teenager’s smile with Invisalign and see if your child can benefit from this most modern of treatments.

Myth 4 – Your insurance will not cover the Invisalign

You will have to check with your current insurance provider, however Invisalign in many cases is not exclusively a cosmetic procedure. Invisalign can often be used to help correct a dental problem as it works that will make it eligible for your insurance. Finding out this information should be one of the first things that you do as you continue to research if Invisalign is right for you.

Myth 6 Smoking is allowed with Invisalign

Okay, smoking is bad for your health, we can all agree on that. Just because the Invisalign aligner is removable, is does not mean that you can pop it out and have a quick smoke. As the nicotine residue will be on your teeth it can be easily transferred to the aligner. This can cause your teeth to be stained, not to mention the increased risk of plaque build up or tartar.

Myth 7 – The Invisalign aligner makes it hard to keep my teeth clean

As you can remove the aligner completely while you eat food and then clean your teeth, this actually makes it a great deal easier than those with metal braces to maintain good dental hygiene.

Myth 8 – Invisalign is faster than metal braces

Times vary from one patient to the next using both Invisalign and metal braces based on the amount of correction that needs to be done. There is not a set time frame for the treatment that applies to everyone.