It can be a scary experience when you are given a referral to see an orthodontist or considering improving your smile. Braces are grounds for embarrassment for the self-conscious teen and the up-and-coming professional. Having a mouth full of metal to clean around, eat around, and live around can be daunting.
The option that many may overlook when searching for orthodontic treatment is Invisalign, the nearly invisible alternative to braces. Some people may write this treatment option off due to price or success rate – but we’re here to bust those Invisalign myths!
Often times, Invisalign is as cost-effective as traditional braces – and you will have the doctors at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists working by your side who are orthodontic specialists in the movement of teeth and jaw development to ensure success. This is important with so much misinformation being distributed on the Internet today with “do it yourself orthodontics” that cause major long term dental health issues.
How Invisalign works
Your Invisalign aligners are customized to fit your mouth. We use advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to replicate an exact impression of your teeth and the surrounding tissue. This allows us to customize each aligner so that it fits your mouth and over time moves your teeth into the proper position.
During treatment, the visits are shorter than the average braces visit, they are less frequent, and discomfort is reduced. You will begin to notice a significant difference even before your treatment is completed. Most treatments are completed within one year; however, this can vary from patient to patient.
Freedom to Be You
One of the advantages of Invisalign is the freedom patients have while maintaining the health of their smile. Often times, patients with braces have a difficult time keeping their teeth and braces clean – and some neglect it altogether. With Invisalign, the aligners can be taken out while eating, playing sports, and during cleaning. This allows for an easier and more effective experience. Teeth and aligners should be cleaned after every meal to guarantee proper dental health. Keep in mind that your aligners should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours throughout the day. Your orthodontist will be able to tell if you have not been keeping up with treatment!
For the non-believers, some may say that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces. With the latest advances in Invisalign technology, treatment success can be as satisfying as that of someone who has braces. In fact, many patients will finish on time, or even early with their treatment! Plus… the flexibility of Invisalign improves self-confidence and encourages patients to cooperate with their treatment and cleaning while experiencing a metal-free mouth when working toward a perfect smile.
Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign. However, we encourage you to contact the team at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists for a free smile exam to find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you! We are out to bust those Invisalign myths. We offer many different orthodontic treatment options to provide you with a “Smile that Last a Lifetime”.
7 Myths about Invisalign®
Myth 1: Invisalign can’t treat complex orthodontic cases
Not True. Invisalign clear aligners have treated hundreds of thousands of complex orthodontic cases. Extractions, missing teeth, surgical cases, bite correction, and severe teeth crowding have been successfully treated with Invisalign
Myth 2: You can treat any orthodontic condition with Invisalign.
Not True. As advanced as Invisalign is there are still some cases that require a different approach for high-quality care. Some of these situations include severely worn or short teeth, too many missing teeth, situations requiring complex jaw surgery, shifting specific teeth that are severely displaced, or certain situations where multiple teeth are buried under the gums.
Myth 3: Invisalign treatment takes less time compared to traditional braces.
Not True. Braces and Invisalign work at roughly the same speed. The biology of the patient determines how fast teeth move. There are some cases that may be slightly faster with Invisalign, some cases may be slightly faster with traditional braces. However, when comparing the same case, treated with the same plan and with the same required outcome either approach will often take the same time
Myth 4: Invisalign treatment means you do not have to have teeth taken out.
Not True. The need to remove teeth is not impacted by your choice of treatment. Invisalign used less frequently to treat orthodontic cases requiring extraction because some doctors do not always know how to use Invisalign properly and braces are traditionally used when extractions are needed.
Myth 5: You cannot use Invisalign for children.
Not True. Invisalign was initially intended for adults, but there is no reason clear aligners should not be used for children. Increasing numbers of teens have been effectively treated with
Myth 6: Any doctor can do Invisalign well.
Not True. Any orthodontist can treat patients using Invisalign. However, the skill and experience is something that needs to be developed. Invisalign is very different from braces. Even highly skilled and experienced orthodontists can run into a very steep learning curve as they start to use this appliance. Until a doctor has acquired significant experience with Invisalign treating moderate or difficult cases will be difficult.
Myth 7: All aligners are the same.
Not True. Orthodontists and dentists who use other clear aligner solutions will claim the aligners they use are just as good and work just as well. This is not the case. Research shows that most aligners are less effective than Invisalign. Would you buy a vehicle from an unknown manufacturer that has not been adequately test-driven?
Invisalign has been around for 20 years and has been the subject of hundreds of scientific papers. No other clear aligner appliance can claim to have the level of testing, research, and real-world application.