Invisalign is one of the most popular methods of treating dental alignment problems. About 4 million Americans are currently wearing braces, according to the American Association of Orthodontics, and while braces are still a popular option, many are moving away from braces to Invisalign. Because Invisalign is a relatively new treatment method, there are several myths circulating about it. Here are some of the most popular Invisalign myths you might encounter.
Invisalign Is Not Effective for Treating Misalignments
This is one of the most popular myths. Many individuals think that Invisalign cannot be used to treat misalignments. Fortunately, this is not true at all. Your dentist can develop custom Invisalign trays for you that can address the specific problem you are dealing with. Invisalign can be used to treat crossbites, open bites, gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, and teeth overcrowding issues.
Invisalign Trays Are Uncomfortable to Wear
This is also not true. Unlike braces, which can sometimes be uncomfortable, you will find that Invisalign trays are much more comfortable to wear as they do not use any dental wires or brackets to straighten your teeth. Additionally, when you wear Invisalign aligners, you don’t have to avoid any foods like you do with braces. All you need to do is to remove them when you eat.
You Should Use Invisalign Aligners for a Longer Time Than Traditional Braces
Most people think that Invisalign aligners are slower than braces when fixing orthodontic issues. However, that is not the case. Invisalign aligners can be considerably quicker. For instance, it generally takes about 12-18 months to complete Invisalign treatment. On the other hand, you need to wear braces for about two years. Each method can take shorter or longer depending on your particular case.
Invisalign Is Only Suitable for Adults
Most people think that Invisalign trays can only be used by adults. There is nothing that’s restricting about Invisalign aligners in regard to age. Several children and teens have been treated using this method successfully.
The most important thing when you want your smile to be fixed is to get correct information from your orthodontist. You can also get in touch with the professionals at our office if you need clarity!