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Posted 02/14/2023 by Amelia Grant

8 Debunked Myths About Invisalign

8 Debunked Myths About Invisalign

Invisalign aligners, like braces, are a type of treatment used to align teeth. This method uses a set of plastic aligners that are replaced every two weeks to get the desired effects. It is getting more popular, yet there are many misconceptions regarding it. Here is a list of eight debunked myths about Invisalign.

1. Invisalign cause pain

While it may require some adaptation, Invisalign is far more painless than conventional braces. Invisalign includes plastic liners instead of brace wires and brackets to prevent wounds on your cheeks and lips. You may also remove the clear aligners before eating, which helps alleviate the discomfort of eating difficult meals while wearing braces. Remember that, like braces, you may experience discomfort during the first week or so of using Invisalign.

2. All clear aligners are the same

Invisalign was created over two decades ago and has had millions of users and the opportunity to improve the technology and aligner system. Compared to other aligner companies, Invisalign invests in SmartTrack Aligner Technology to develop transparent trays that deliver the most perfect fit and accurate tooth movement. No other brand can match Invisalign's lifespan or clinical tests prove its plastic aligners are as effective.

3. Invisalign can’t shift teeth vertically

When Invisalign initially became available, it revolutionized the way we straighten our teeth. However, it was not quite as capable as it is now. Initially, it focused on specific actions and could not pull teeth down vertically.

With the introduction of Invisalign attachments, things changed dramatically. These little tooth-colored buttons allow your aligners to cling onto them, helping them do more difficult maneuvers. As a result, Invisalign can currently treat the majority of patients as successfully as traditional braces.

4. The Invisalign treatment requires more time than traditional braces

Invisalign treatment typically takes 12-18 months to complete. This is quicker than traditional braces, which take around two years to complete. However, the treatment duration greatly depends on the severity of your condition and your ability to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day and change them in time.

5. Invisalign needs extra tooth preparation

To enhance the result of your orthodontic treatment, your dentist or orthodontist may advise removing a tooth or many teeth or sandpapering the teeth. This can happen with both Invisalign and braces, and while braces are frequently more successful for really severe cases, the risks of requiring extraction for these procedures are higher than for minor Invisalign cases.

6. Invisalign needs less attention to oral hygiene

While the removable Invisalign aligner makes dental hygiene easier, you should not cut corners. You can, for example, remove the aligner for meals, but you should always brush your teeth after each meal to avoid film and plaque from accumulating behind the aligner. 

You should brush the aligners well as well to maintain them clean and stain-free. Because you don't have to work around wires, flossing your teeth with Invisalign is much easier than with traditional braces.

7. Invisalign stains and becomes obvious 

Because you'll need to replace your Invisalign aligners every 1-2 weeks, they shouldn't stain. Take them out to eat and drink, keep your teeth clean, and you should be OK. You can buy Invisalign cleaning crystals or retainer tablets to maintain your aligners as clean as possible. Using antibacterial, unscented hand soap, carefully scrub your aligners twice a day. Then, thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water.

8. Invisalign can only treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues

Many people believe that Invisalign can't correct significantly misaligned teeth. In reality, the technique works well in difficult situations. Many people have had difficult dentition yet were able to correctly straighten their smile with aligners. When choosing Invisalign, visit a competent dentist who can help you determine whether Invisalign is the best solution for you.

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Amelia Grant

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