Since its launch over two decades ago, Invisalign has become one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth. Over the years, millions of people worldwide have found smile perfection using this innovative treatment.
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses gentle force to move your teeth into a more favourable position, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted and reducing the risk of oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
But as with any other treatment, there’s always a lot of misinformation online. When myths spread, they cause misunderstanding and could prevent you from getting the best treatment for your needs.
This guide will debunk some of the most common and persistent myths about Invisalign.
It’s often assumed that Invisalign is used for simple cases. The fact is that while we use Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps, and treat issues like crowding, we often deal with bite alignment issues like overbite, crossbite, underbite, and more.
Although Invisalign has been on the market the longest, other aligner brands are now available. These days, many offer online-only solutions without a dentist visit.
Not all aligners are equal, and Invisalign is a market leader for a reason. Invisalign’s patented design has been refined to provide predictable results. Also, without the support of a dentist, you can’t guarantee that an aligner will give you the perfect smile.
It’s easy to assume you’ll pay more for the latest orthodontic trends, but you won’t. Invisalign is affordable and can cost less than traditional braces. The exact treatment cost will vary based on your case, and finance is available to help spread payments.
While you should take your aligner out whenever you’re eating or drinking, you may worry it will pick up pigments from stain-inducing food and drink like coffee, red wine, or curry. While they can become discoloured without proper care, Invisalign aligners do have some degree of stain resistance.
During your Invisalign treatment, you’ll swap your aligner roughly every two weeks. This means you won’t wear your aligner long enough to develop stains. We suggest cleaning your aligner at least twice daily.
Because you can take your aligner out whenever you want, you might think you can just wear it for a couple of hours each day. You must wear your aligner for around 22 hours each day. Sticking to a strict routine means you’ll get the expected results.
You can, however, remove your aligner at mealtimes and when you need to brush your teeth.
While your overall treatment can vary from a few months to 18-months or more, you’ll start seeing results after you’ve been wearing your aligner for a few weeks.
Having a clear, removable aligner makes it easier to monitor the progress of your new smile. Many patients keep track of their developing smiles with progress selfies.
There is some degree of truth in this. While any dentist can offer Invisalign, they’ll need to undergo specific training in the treatment. At Harley Private Dental, we’ve been offering Invisalign for many years. Our experience has helped redefine countless smiles.
Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable, and effective treatment that provides predictably straight teeth. At Harley Private Dental, we’re proud of our exceptional record of delivering this life-changing treatment.
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