Orthodontic treatment is beneficial for a variety of reasons. While it can be used to realign bites and straighten crooked teeth, orthodontic care can also improve your smile’s appearance and your overall self-esteem.
Of course, different types of orthodontic treatment are available, including expanders, braces, and aligners. Because they are less noticeable than traditional braces, Invisalign is becoming a popular option even though most people are not entirely familiar with this orthodontic treatment. This guide will help you learn the truth about a few common Invisalign myths.
1. Invisalign Is Not Ideal for Severe Misalignments
Many people believe Invisalign is not suitable for severely-crooked teeth and misalignments, but that is not true. One of the greatest advantages of Invisalign is that the aligner system is customized to your smile’s needs.
Invisalign can be an effective orthodontic treatment for the following conditions:
- Open bites
- Gapped teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
If you have one or more of the above issues or you just want to realign a few crooked teeth affecting your smile, Invisalign can be a great option to consider.
2. Invisalign Takes Longer Than Traditional Braces
Because Invisalign involves switching out different aligners to wear instead of metal braces that are connected to the actual teeth, you might think aligners take longer to realign your teeth and bite.
In reality, the Invisalign system is actually more efficient than traditional metal braces. On average, the Invisalign system can take between 12 and 18 months to be effective. Two years is the average time that most patients will need to wear traditional metal braces.
Note that many factors determine how long aligners or traditional braces will need to be worn. Failing to wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours a day can affect the treatment’s success, increasing the amount of time you will need to wear the aligners. Also, the severity of your dental issues may require a longer period of orthodontic treatment.
3. Invisalign Is Only Ideal for Adults
You may think the benefits of the Invisalign system are only suitable for adults who require orthodontic care. Although not recommended for children because of growth and development, orthodontic aligners are options for adults and responsible teenagers.
If you are a parent considering Invisalign for your teen, make sure to communicate the importance of proper wear. Invisalign teen aligners have small blue dots that wear down over time. Once the dot fades, your teen will need to switch out to the next aligner in the system.
Teens should also be responsible enough to remove the aligners before they eat, for cleaning, and before brushing and flossing their teeth. This ensures no food residue and plaque build up on the aligners or your teen’s teeth.
4. DIY Aligners Are Just as Effective
If you like the thought of orthodontic aligners but you want to cut costs and avoid visits to the dentist, you may consider the various DIY aligners that are available through the mail. Although the premise is similar, the DIY aligner systems are not recommended by orthodontists for very good reasons.
Many of the DIY aligners promise to improve the look of your smile quickly. Unfortunately, moving the teeth too quickly can damage the bone and gum tissue. Also, DIY/mail-order aligners may not move the teeth into a correct position, resulting in a misaligned bite that causes more harm than good.
The Invisalign system of orthodontic aligners can be a great investment. If you are interested in the Invisalign system or other forms of orthodontic/dental care, contact Snodgrass-King today. Our dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for these clear aligners.