Common Myths About Invisible Aligners

Common Myths About Invisible Aligners

June 18, 2019

Common Myths About Invisible Aligners


When you set out to research the best options for straightening your teeth, you are sure to encounter many misconceptions about invisible aligners, or possibly even Invisalign. Since braces have been around much longer, you may think they are still your only option. But methods and technology have come a long way, and we’re here to debunk the common myths about Invisalign-style treatments so you can determine whether it is the right choice for straightening your teeth.

Do Invisalign Braces Work?

As the new kid on the block, invisible alignment methods get a reputation for being weaker than braces. Many people think that since they are made of plastic rather than metal, they couldn’t possibly have the same power to fix your teeth.

In reality, invisible aligners are capable of fixing even the most complicated cases of crooked teeth. Some underbites and overbites, crowding, and even smiles with a missing tooth can be corrected by invisible aligners. As long as you are treated by an experienced, knowledgeable dental professional, you will see similar, if not better results with a treatment such as Invisalign, as opposed to braces.

Learn more about how Invisalign-style aligners work.

Do Invisible Aligners Take Longer Than Braces?

The time it takes to achieve a beautifully straight smile will vary between cases, but invisible aligners are often able to straighten teeth even faster than braces. In general, an Invisalign-type treatment takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces. Your teeth move at essentially the same pace with either one, and the length of treatment will depend on how crooked your teeth are.

At Smilelove, the average treatment time is six months.

Does Invisalign Cost More Than Braces?

You should never pay more for invisible alignment than you would for braces. Straightening your teeth with invisible aligners will require either the same number of dentist or orthodontist appointments as braces, or far fewer.

Smilelove’s invisible teeth aligners cost an average of 75% less than other teeth straightening methods.

Can Insurance Pay for Invisible Alignment?

Most insurance companies will cover Invisalign-style treatments in the same way they would cover conventional braces. If you have an orthodontic benefit, you are likely eligible for financial assistance for invisible aligners. Check with your insurance company to find out what kind of orthodontic coverage is included in your policy, and work with your dental professional to come up with a payment plan that works for you.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

It is never too late to love your smile. You deserve to experience joy with confidence and never feel like you need to hide your mouth.

If you’re worried about people judging you for having metal brackets on your teeth past adolescence, invisible aligners may be the perfect solution. They are made from clear plastic that most people will never notice.

Will Invisible Aligners Give Me a Lisp?

In the beginning, you may notice you speak with a slight lisp. After a couple of days, you will get used to your aligners and they shouldn’t have any impact on the way you speak. As long as you are following the treatment plan laid out by your dental professional and keeping your aligners in, you will quickly forget you’re even wearing them.

Is It Difficult to Keep My Aligners Clean?

A few simple caretaking steps will ensure that your clear aligners stay clear.

  • Rinse them when you take them out. While you’re wearing your invisible aligners, saliva builds up on the plastic. In order to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, you’ll want to regularly rinse the aligners with cold water. Warm water can distort the shape of your aligner making them uncomfortable and not as effective.
  • Keep your teeth clean. It’s especially important to maintain good dental hygiene during your invisible alignment treatment. Leftover food and drink particles could end up sticking to your aligners, making them more noticeable and increasing your chances of tooth decay and cavities. Brushing and flossing regularly will help keep your teeth healthy and your aligners clear.

  • Clean aligners with soap or retainer cleaner. Some people try to clean their invisible aligners with toothpaste, but that can leave noticeable scratches on the plastic. It’s much better to clean them with regular antibacterial soap every day, or soak them in retainer or denture cleaner.

  • Don’t let the myths about invisible aligners scare you. If you are interested in straightening your teeth, invisible alignment may be the quickest, most affordable, and least noticeable option. If you’re ready to find out more, complete your smile assessment today.

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