8 Myths & Facts About Invisalign That Might Make You Smile

Invisalign is one of the best options for those looking to improve their smile without the mouth full of metal. For those who don’t care for the look of traditional braces, Invisalign proves to be a worthy and successful alternative. Though more expensive than traditional braces, the confidence and comfort of Invisalign proves to be priceless. With so many Invisalign patients already, its no surprise to learn that more and more people are turning to Invisalign to combat their crooked smiles. While Invisalign certainly has its fair share of faults along with its benefits, there are plenty of myths surrounding Invisalign that should be dispelled right away. Taking into consideration these facts and falsehoods, you might be able to make a more informed decision, should you be considering Invisalign for you or your children. With that said, here are 8 myths and facts about Invisalign that might make you smile.

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FACT: Invisalign works well on patients of any age.

Age is never a barrier when it comes to Invisalign. Braces are not just for teenagers, as even seniors can get braces. There are no age limits for orthodontics patients, so its never to late to see one and even consider Invisalign as your treatment. More importantly, it's never to late to improve your smile.

MYTH: Invisalign can only fix mild cases.

It doesn't matter how crooked your smile is, Invisalign can help. While a common misconception going around says that only mild cases of misalignment can be fixed with Invisalign and traditional braces are necessary for more severe cases, this is simply not true. Although it may take longer, Invisalign can be used in most cases.

MYTH: It doesn't matter who your orthodonist is.

This is an extremely important myth to dispel. The skill and patience required of a certified orthodonst is just as important as the Invisalign itself. Hiring someone who is not as skilled or inexperienced can affect your ability to get results from Invisalign. While a lab makes the mold for Invisalign braces, the orthodontist ordering them and applying them makes a huge difference.

FACT: Invisalign braces are removable.

Except for invisible latches attached to the teeth, Invisalign braces can conveniently be removed in time for dinner. With Invisalign you can freely eat and brush your teeth without having to work around your braces. You can even eat popcorn, provided you floss afterwards. However, Invisalign braces should be cleaned and put back into mouth when not eating.

MYTH: You may need traditional braces to finish treatment.

This is not actually the case. Using traditional braces after Invisalign treatment is completely unnecessary. If your orthodontist seems to insist on it, you may want to get a second opinion. Replacing Invisalign with traditional braces is completely unnecessary. Invisalign is a replacement for traditional braces. 

MYTH: Dental Insurance will not cover Invisalign.

Most insurance companies will cover Invisalign braces as they are FDA approved because of its effective and proven results. Invisalign works every bit as well as traditional braces in many cases. However, if for whatever reason their is a problem, most orthodontics offices will work with insurance companies to ensure they can get you treatment.

FACT: You'll need to make multiple trips to your orthodontist office.

Invisalign patients will need to go in every few months or so to create a new mold. Molds are taken at the office and sent to the Invisalign labs to create a mold that replaces your old mold, again and again until the smile is fixed. Its a small price to pay for a brace free smile.

MYTH: Treatment for Invisalign takes twice as long as regular braces.

This is completely false. The time it takes for Invisalign depends on a number of factors including the particular patient and how quickly their teeth move, how much the teeth need to be moved and how severe the misalignment of the teeth is. These factors can make more severe situation take longer or less severe situations go a lot more quickly.