7 myths about Invisalign
The myths surrounding Invisalign have increased over the last couple of decades as the popularity for the virtually invisible aligner has soared since its invention. To help you separate fact from fiction, we’re debunking some of the common myths about Invisalign.
1. Results with Invisalign are not as good as traditional braces
This is false. While not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, both orthodontic options offer the same results for qualifying cases. Rest assured, Invisalign has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces, as each custom-made aligner moves your teeth a little at a time, eventually getting them to a beautiful, straight smile.
2. The aligners give you a lisp
This depends. Some patients don’t notice any difference with their speech and others do have a slight lisp to begin with. However, most of the time you will quickly adapt within the first few days of wearing the aligners.
3. It’s more expensive than traditional braces
Another false myth and again one that depends on your case. For some, Invisalign is more cost effective to fixed braces. While the cost of making the aligners at the lab might be pricey, your appointments can be shorter and less frequent to that of traditional braces. However, prices do differ, so book an initial consultation to get an idea of what would be best for you.
4. Aligners get easily stained and therefore become visible
You should remove your aligners when eating or drinking, brush them frequently and replace them every 2 weeks, so they shouldn’t get stained if you follow these instructions.
5. It takes a long time to see results
Another common myth. A great thing about Invisalign is that you’ll start to see your teeth move just a few weeks into treatment and we can also show you your Invisalign journey before you even begin!
6. It’s just for teenagers
Whether you’re 16 or 66, nothing should stop you getting the smile you want. There is no age limit on Invisalign and while they are popular amongst teens, they’re growing in popularity with adults too. Some adults may be hesitate and have concerns about how the clear aligners fit into their work and social life. However, because they’re practically invisible and removable, they don’t interfere with any aspects of your daily life and can carry on as normal.
7. I can do it myself
You may recall a university student who 3D printed his own braces a few years ago. While they looked quite similar to Invisalign, he put his oral health at risk, as the treatment wasn’t supervised by a qualified dentist. If you incorrectly move your teeth, you can cause irreversible damage to your oral health and even suffer from tooth loss.
“… You are a genius and an artist (or should it be craftsman/person?) Andrew! Just a small note of thanks for your wizardry and expertise yesterday. It feels and looks amazingly better – and not even a twinge of pain afterwards…” – Patient