As Invisalign’s popularity has soared, so have the myths surrounding this virtually invisible, removable brace. So to help you sort the fact from the fiction, we’re going to debunk some of the most common myths about Invisalign braces.
#1 Invisalign® can’t move teeth
Some people take one look at Invisalign and think ‘hmm, that looks a lot like a removable retainer, how can it move teeth?’. Rest assured it can move teeth very effectively and does so using a series of clear aligners. Each custom-made aligner moves your teeth a little at a time, eventually getting them from A to B (B being a confident straight smile).
#2 It’s more expensive than fixed braces
For some individuals, Invisalign is actually a more cost effective alternative to fixed braces. While lab fees can be more expensive (the cost of making your aligners), appointments can be shorter and less frequent because we don’t need to fiddle with brackets and wires. Prices do differ between patients, though, so for an accurate comparison, come and see us for a no-obligation Invisalign consultation.
#3 It gives you a lisp
There is a small amount of truth to this myth. Any orthodontic appliance can interfere with your speech to begin with – and Invisalign and lingual braces are most likely to offend. Some patients don’t have any problems with their speech, though, and those who do quickly adapt within the first few days of wearing their brace.
#4 It stains easily and becomes more visible
You’ll need to change your Invisalign aligners every two weeks, so they shouldn’t get a chance to stain. You should also remove them for eating and drinking, and give your teeth a quick brush or rinse before re-inserting your aligners. Follow these instructions carefully and you won’t have any problems with staining.
#5 It takes a long time to work
Another common myth is that Invisalign takes longer than traditional train track braces to straighten teeth. Again, this isn’t necessarily true and in some cases Invisalign can move teeth more quickly than metal braces. One of the great things about Invisalign is that right from the beginning you’ll have an accurate idea of how long your treatment will take. We can even show you a digital representation of your Invisalign journey!
#6 It can’t move teeth vertically
When Invisalign was first introduced it changed the way we straighten teeth, but it wasn’t nearly as capable as it is today. Initially it was limited to achieving certain movements and it wasn’t able to pull teeth down vertically. This changed, though, when Invisalign introduced Invisalign attachments.
These small tooth-coloured buttons give the aligners something to grip on to so they can achieve more ambitious movements. There are still some very complex cases that are more suited to a clear fixed brace, but Invisalign is great for treating the majority of problems we see day-to-day.
#7 I can do it myself
You may have read about the college student who 3D printed his own braces. While his homemade braces looked a little like Invisalign aligners and worked using the same principles, the similarities between the two treatments end there. Most importantly, his treatment wasn’t supervised by a qualified professional, putting his dental health at risk.
Teeth need to be moved very carefully and if you use too much force you can cause irreversible damage, for example gum or tooth loss. Straightening teeth is without doubt best left to the professionals.
#8 It’s just for teenagers
While braces are commonly associated with teens, they are incredibly popular amongst adult patients, and in fact the vast majority of our patients are over 18. Some adults have concerns about how Invisalign will fit in with their job and social scene and sometimes wonder if there’s an age limit for Invisalign treatment.
Happily Invisalign is suitable for all ages – providing your oral hygiene is good and you’re suitable for treatment. Because it’s practically invisible most people won’t even realise you’re wearing a brace. Aside from taking your aligners in and out for eating and drinking (you can leave it in if you’re drinking water) you can more or less carry on as normal.
Hopefully we’ve set the record straight where Invisalign is concerned. If you have any other questions, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call or get in touch using our online contact form to arrange your free consultation*.