popular myths

A person’s smile has become an important part of the way we perceive their appearance. Straight, white, well-maintained teeth make a person look more attractive and even wealthier. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that there are over 4 million Americans with braces at any given time despite so many popular myths.

When you decide you want to improve your smile, though, you can plenty of options including Invisalign® invisible braces. To know the facts about your options, find out the truth about these popular myths about Invisalign®.

1. Invisalign® is Too Expensive

Most people already know the primary advantage of Invisalign®: the liners are less visible than metal braces. However, many people assume the trade-off is that Invisalign® is more expensive.

This isn’t necessarily the case. Pricing for Invisalign® and metal braces alike will vary on a case-by-case basis.

In fact, Invisalign® requires fewer orthodontic office visits than traditional braces. Those appointments are shorter, too, so the in-office aspect of your braces will be less expensive.

It’s also important to note that if your dental insurance covers braces, it likely offers the same coverage for Invisalign®. The only way to know a true price comparison for your case is to visit an orthodontist.

2. Invisalign® is Time-Consuming

If you’re like most of us, your free time is limited. Who wants to spend that free time caring for their braces or sitting in an orthodontist’s office? No one.

Some assume Invisalign® is time-consuming because you need to remove the liners when you eat and drink, and you need to rinse them.

In truth, traditional braces tend to take more of your time. Not only do you need to maneuver around the braces while brushing your teeth, but you spend more time at your orthodontist’s office.

3. Only Adults Can Get Invisalign®

When you see advertisements for Invisalign®, many of them are marketed toward adults. This makes some people assume that Invisalign® isn’t suitable for teens and kids.

In reality, age isn’t a factor with Invisalign®. They advertise the service to adults because adults tend to be more interested in discreet braces.

After all, braces are common among teens, so teenagers aren’t usually as embarrassed to have visible braces compared to adults.

4. Invisalign® Liners Stain Easily

The key advantage of Invisalign® is that the liners are hard to see. If you believe the rumor that the liners stain easily and that makes them more visible, it takes away that advantage.

Fortunately, this rumor isn’t entirely true. In most cases, you will change your Invisalign® liners every two weeks. If you are caring for your liners properly, they won’t have time to stain in two weeks.

Of course, part of this depends on how well you care for your liners. If you have any questions about how to manage your Invisalign®, be sure to ask one of our orthodontists.

5. Invisalign® Can Only Fix Minor Issues

As we noted, the advantage of Invisalign® is obvious: the way the liners look compared to metal braces. Everyone worries that there must be a catch, though, and many think that catch is that Invisalign® only treats limited situations.

In reality, Invisalign® can help with a wide range of alignment issues. From gaps to overcrowding, from overbites to underbites, Invisalign® is a versatile treatment.

As with metal braces, sometimes the best choice is a combination of Invisalign® with other procedures. The only person who can tell you for certain if Invisalign® can achieve your smile goals is an experienced orthodontist.

6. Invisalign® Liners are Uncomfortable

No one wants to be uncomfortable, especially for months at a time. Fortunately, this isn’t as much of an issue with Invisalign® as patients assume.

Invisalign® liners are thin and they’re made to fit your teeth. If you have a professionally-molded nightguard from your dentist, think of Invisalign® as a thinner version.

As with anything new you wear, it can take time to get used to feeling Invisalign® on your teeth. However, you’ll get used to it quickly.

In fact, Invisalign® is usually more comfortable than metal braces because there are no metal pieces rubbing against the inside of your mouth.

7. Invisalign® is Less Medical and Therefore Less Successful Than Braces

One of the largest misconceptions about Invisalign® is the process itself. People hear that the liners get delivered to their door. They assume that means they can order the liners themselves online.

This is far from the truth. Every Invisalign® patient’s journey begins with a visit to their orthodontist’s office.

The orthodontist will assess your bite and make sure Invisalign® is the right treatment option for you. Then they will take scans and/or molds of your teeth to make sure your Invisalign® has the perfect fit.

Finally, the orthodontist designs a precise treatment plan for you and sends it to the Invisalign® labs to make your liners. While the liners will come to your door, you’ll return to your orthodontist several times throughout the process for them to monitor your progress.

The takeaway from all this is that your Invisalign® process is well-controlled by your orthodontist. It’s just as much of a scientific, medical treatment as traditional braces, and it has the same potential for great results.

Getting Rid of Popular Myths About Invisalign®

People across the US and around the globe hear about Invisalign® and dream about the smile it could give them, but they don’t take the next steps because of the popular myths above. Today, you can count yourself among those who know the reality and can make an educated decision about their smile.

If you’re ready to take the first step toward a smile you can feel confident in, contact The Smile Lab today to schedule your appointment.