10 Myths About Invisalign

ROS Admin | May 19, 2024

invisalign myths debunked

Myth 1: Invisalign Is Only for Minor Cases

Reality:

A common misconception is that Invisalign is only suitable for minor orthodontic issues. In reality, Invisalign can address a wide range of cases, from mild spacing issues to complex malocclusions. Invisalign, like braces, is just a tool that orthodontists use to move teeth. Orthodontists like Dr. Ricci, who are experienced in using Invisalign to move teeth, can address almost any case with Invisalign. If you’ve heard you’re not a candidate for Invisalign due to the complexity of your case, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ricci today. She will assess your specific needs and create a tailored plan, whether your treatment takes 6 months or 30 months​​.

Myth 2: Invisalign Aligners Are Painful

Reality:

While Invisalign may cause slight discomfort initially due to pressure on the teeth, it’s not typically painful. Patients may experience mild soreness as their teeth adjust to each new set of aligners, but this generally subsides quickly. Compared to traditional braces, which can cause irritation from metal brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are much gentler on the mouth. With braces, you feel most of the discomfort in the first three days each time they are “tightened”, whereas with Invisalign the forces are evenly distributed amongst all of the aligners.

Myth 3: Invisalign Treatment Takes Longer Than Braces

Reality:

The treatment time for Invisalign can vary just as much as it does for traditional braces. The average Invisalign treatment time is around 15-18 months, but this depends on the complexity of your case. If you wear your aligners for the recommended 22 hours a day, your treatment can technically be even more efficient than with braces due to the individualized prescription and staging of the movement. Also, with Invisalign, you don’t have to wait until you are in a strong enough wire before closing space or starting elastics for bite correction, which also helps dramatically with efficiency when patients are compliant.

Myth 4: Invisalign Aligners Are Difficult to Maintain

Reality:

Maintaining Invisalign aligners is straightforward. They should be rinsed under lukewarm water and brushed gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep them clean. Avoiding hot water and abrasive toothpaste is essential to prevent damage. An ultrasonic dental pod can help maintain aligner cleanliness easily. When not in use, keep them in their case to avoid damage​​.

Myth 5: Invisalign Can’t Handle Complex Cases Like Extractions

Reality:

Some believe Invisalign is unsuitable for complex cases like those requiring tooth extractions. However, Invisalign has advanced considerably, and through proper treatment planning and the use of attachments and auxiliaries, it can address such cases. With the assistance of 3D CBCT imaging, Dr. Ricci can design a precise treatment plan to address specific needs, including extraction cases​​.

Myth 6: Invisalign Aligners Cause Lisping

Reality:

A slight lisp can occur when first wearing Invisalign aligners as your mouth adjusts to the aligners’ presence. However, this is usually temporary. The tongue quickly adapts, and speech returns to normal as you get accustomed to wearing the aligners​​.

Myth 7: Patients Can’t Use Rubber Bands with Invisalign

Reality:

It is often thought that patients cannot use rubber bands (elastics) with Invisalign, which are essential for correcting bite issues. In reality, precision-cut aligners can be used with elastics to correct a range of malocclusions. Dr. Ricci can incorporate the use of elastics into your Invisalign treatment plan for optimal results, aligning the teeth in ways similar to traditional braces.

Myth 8: Invisalign Isn’t for Kids with Baby Teeth

Reality:

A common misconception is that Invisalign isn’t suitable for children who still have baby teeth. However, Invisalign First is specifically designed for younger patients with mixed dentition, which includes both primary and permanent teeth. It’s effective for children whose teeth are still developing, helping to address issues early and guide teeth into their proper position. This proactive approach can simplify future orthodontic treatment.

Myth 9: Invisalign Aligners Are Expensive

Reality:

There are practices that charge more to treat your case with Invisalign than with braces; however, at Ricci Orthodontic Studio, we charge the same for Invisalign as we do for braces. At our practice the cost of treatment depends on the complexity of the case, not the tool we use to achieve the treatment outcome. Orthodontic insurance benefits can be used with Invisalign just as they can be with braces. A consultation with our expert orthodontist and treatment coordinator can help you understand the treatment’s financial aspects and explore available options.

Myth 10: Kids and Teens are Not Compliant with Invisalign Aligners

Reality:

Kids and teens are exceptional Invisalign patients. At our practice, we have found that they actually do better than our adult patients a lot of the time. Adolescents do a great job adapting to change and developing new habits/routines. Though they are human like the rest of us, they almost always surprise their parents with how well they do with Invisalign treatment. In Dr. Ricci’s experience, adolescents who prefer Invisalign over braces are always incredible patients. Limited research has in fact shown that compliance with aligner wear does not correlate with how responsible kids are with brushing or even “losing their glasses”. Aligners have many advantages over braces when it comes to cleanliness (hygiene) and food restrictions. These benefits are particularly important for adolescents who already struggle with proper hygiene or diet.

Invisalign Myths Debunked

Many myths surrounding Invisalign are based on outdated information or misconceptions. Understanding the reality behind these myths can help you make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment options. Schedule a complimentary consultation today to learn more!

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