collaborative post // There isn’t a cosmetic dental procedure more widely used than Invisalign. Correcting your teeth using practically invisible trays instead of conventional metal braces seems to be the pinnacle of dental care. Despite the many benefits of Invisalign, there are some misunderstandings around the procedure. Before making a significant financial and dental health investment, those interested in Invisalign should do their research.

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Some typical misconceptions about Invisalign and subjects that come up regularly while talking about the clear aligner procedure include:

1. There is no variation in clear aligners.

Since its creation more than 20 years ago, Invisalign has treated millions of cases, giving its technology the opportunity to learn and develop. Compared to other aligner brands, Invisalign uses SmartTrack Aligner Technology to produce clear aligners that offer the most perfect fit and tooth movement. Clinical research has proved that no other company’s plastic braces work as well as Invisalign.

2. Only minor issues can be fixed.

Unlike other aligner brands, Invisalign can handle minor, moderate, and severe issues. With the help of unique attachments like elastics, Invisalign can cure dental difficulties such extreme crowding, jaw disorders, missing teeth, wide gaps, etc., while keeping the treatment almost undetectable. Your dentist can walk you through the full Invisalign procedure from beginning to end.

3. Compared to braces, Invisalign doesn’t need as much hygiene maintenance.

Because Invisalign can be removed, your braces are less likely to become clogged with plaque and food debris. Even though eating and brushing your teeth is more comfortable, you still need to take care of your teeth and aligners on a daily basis to prevent tooth damage, plaque buildup, and aligner staining. You don’t want to end up having to wear stained Invisalign trays due to improper maintenance.

4. You are not required to use your aligners for 22 hours every day.

Your teeth are less likely to follow the treatment plan and shift into their proper locations if you don’t wear your aligners as directed. As the trays are removable, some people are tempted to take them out, but in order to get your desired results, you must keep them in for as long as possible. You should keep aligners in place for up to 22 hours each day, but you can remove them to eat, clean your teeth, and floss.

5. Invisalign can be used by any dentist.

Although almost any dentist can use Invisalign, they need education, training and experience to be able to offer Invisalign to patients. This means it would be worth finding a dentist who is well experienced in orthodontic care, such as Dr. Peter Brawn. When a dentist is well experienced, they can help you achieve the best results with better treatment planning and you can even complete your treatment in less time.

6. Children should not use Invisalign.

If your child or teen is considering Invisalign, talk to your dentist about your needs. Teenagers are absolutely fine to use Invisalign. For younger individuals with minor to moderate dental issues, they also use Invisalign Teen.

7. The Invisalign process takes less time than braces.

The length of treatment is always based on your condition’s severity and level of compliance. Treatment may take longer if you have a minor case but don’t wear your trays as directed. Invisalign and braces often take about the same length of time.

When you initially get trays, they can cause discomfort, but you will quickly become used to them. Invisalign is intended to be more painless and comfortable than conventional brackets and wires. In general, they can hurt more the first few days after switching to a new set of trays, just like braces would hurt when the wires were replaced.

9. Invisalign costs more than traditional braces.

The cost of Invisalign and braces is about identical. The cost of orthodontic treatment typically depends on the severity of your dental issues, the local average price, the price of retainers, whether you require any revisions after treatment, and whether you lose any trays. While expensive, Invisalign is an investment in your oral health and self-esteem.

10. When using Invisalign, several meals are off limits.

The fact that the trays are removable is one of Invisalign’s greatest benefits. In theory, you are permitted to eat whatever you normally eat while receiving the orthodontic treatment. You can still eat some of your favourite foods without damaging your aligners, unlike with braces. Just remember to take them out first and make sure no food is stuck in your teeth when you put your aligners back in.

If you are considering Invisalign, you must make sure you have done your research and understand the treatment. Speak to an orthodontist who is experienced with Invisalign to find out if it could be the right option for you.

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