As a dentist, I wish the myths about Invisalign would become as invisible (terrible pun intended) as the see-through plastic aligner trays I fit patients with every day.
I get it though—it’s almost impossible to believe that something as small, lightweight, and flexible as the Invisalign trays could actually correct years worth of tooth movement and misalignment in people’s mouths.
My staff and I get a lot of questions about Invisalign, and we actually do spend time each week—inside and outside of the office—debunking myths about the process and results of Invisalign. Here are our top five collected Invisalign myths we hear on a regular basis. Have you ever found yourself thinking any of these?
5. “Invisalign must be painful or else how could it really work?”
Despite what your friends in elementary school told you, the process of teeth straightening does not have to be a horrible, painful process! Invisalign is noninvasive. The flexible trays are made of pliable plastic. They’re fitted via a unique mold that your dental practitioner will make of your mouth. The trays are shaped to fit inside your mouth comfortably, and will not injure your tongue, cheeks, or gums.
4. “I could never afford Invisalign.”
This is a very common myth that unfortunately stops many people from having the smile they always wanted. The price of Invisalign is actually comparable to traditional braces, and many practitioners offer financing so you can pay as you go. Many major insurance providers also cover a certain percentage of Invisalign, making it easier than ever to afford your dream smile.
3. “Invisalign is only for adults.”
Adults are welcome to use Invisalign—but so are patients of all ages! Invisalign isn’t limited to over-twenty-one or even to over-eighteen. Elementary, middle, and high school students are great candidates for safe, non-invasive Invisalign.
2. “Invisalign? More like Invisa-lisp! Won’t I talk funny?”
To be perfectly frank, when you are initially adjusting to the feel of having plastic all over your teeth, your speech may be slightly affected. This is not a permanent speech impediment. Your tongue and lips will quickly adapt to having new “company” in your mouth. Most patients report their speech flow and enunciation is restored within the first week of wearing their Invisalign trays.
1. “Invisalign trays sound like a pain to keep clean.”
If you can brush your teeth, you can brush your Invisalign trays. Your dental practitioner will review with you the best ways for you to keep your trays clean throughout the day. You can brush the trays like you would your teeth—with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Alternatively, you can purchase a specialty cleaning kit for ease and convenience.
These are a few of the most common myths we hear. Comment to tell us what you’ve heard about Invsalign.