With a variety of orthodontic treatments available, it’s important to find which treatment works best for helping you achieve your ideal smile. However, the growing use of Invisalign means a growing amount of misinformation. No worries. Seabreeze Orthodontics is here to help you out. Our expert team wants you to have the right information about Invisalign so you can decide if it’s the best treatment for you. Let’s look over a few misconceptions about Invisalign so you can separate the fact from the fiction.
Fiction: Invisalign trays are painful
Traditional braces have a reputation for being irritating and painful, and so many people assume Invisalign will be similarly uncomfortable. Metal braces use wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth and adjusted over time, which causes some discomfort. One of the benefits of Invisalign treatment is how it takes a different approach that does not include wiring.
Fact: Invisalign trays are very comfortable
Invisalign trays are made from SmartTrack material that is flexible and customized to your smile. This means they are more comfortable since there are no wires or brackets. Your trays will need to be replaced every 1-2 weeks as directed by Dr. Juan at Seabreeze Orthodontics. When switching trays there will be some pressure as your teeth start to shift, but that will subside after a day or two. They are removable, so if there’s a problem, you don’t have to deal with irritation until you can get your treatment checked by our team!
Fiction: It’s hard to maintain Invisalign aligners
When you think of the challenges of orthodontic treatment, you might think of food restrictions and trouble with brushing your teeth. You may need to make tricky adjustments when you’re brushing or flossing. All orthodontic treatments come with their own set of challenges, and there are plenty of rules to follow with metal braces, but that isn’t always the case with Invisalign.
Fact: Invisalign is easy to maintain
Keeping your clear aligners in their best condition is actually pretty simple. By using the special care kit, removing them, and rinsing them with an approved solution, you’re more likely to keep your aligners in the right condition. Since you don’t have to worry about brackets or wires, you easily maintain your normal oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing. No need to worry about moving around metal pieces! As for diet restrictions, you can drink and eat whatever you want when using Invisalign. Just remove the aligner when you eat, and then rinse and put it back in once you’re done.
Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t work as well as braces
Many patients believe that since traditional braces are directly attached to the teeth, they are more effective than Invisalign, which is easily removable. This does seem to make sense on the surface. Despite what it may seem, this is far from the truth.
Fact: Invisalign is just as effective as metal braces
Invisalign clear aligners have come a long way thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology. Clear aligners were originally used for post-treatment retention, but they are just as effective at correcting orthodontic problems as braces. When used as directed by our Dr. Juan, you can achieve the same results as you would with traditional braces. For some patients, the results can even be superior to braces.
Fiction: Invisalign is more expensive than braces
Traditional braces have become more accessible and affordable over the years with advancements in orthodontic technology. Since Invisalign is a newer technological development, many people believe it must cost more. Lucky for you, this is not the case!
Fact: Invisalign cost is very similar to braces
Every patient’s treatment is different, so there are a number of variables to what your specific treatment will cost. Traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners usually cost the same. If you have dental insurance, orthodontic treatment may be covered. Our team in our office will help verify this and work with you to create a treatment plan for your budget before we begin orthodontic treatment.
Fiction: Treatment takes longer with Invisalign
There are many patients who think that metal braces will straighten teeth faster than Invisalign since braces use glue and wires that attach directly to the teeth. That is not always true.
Fact: Treatment time with Invisalign is usually less than metal braces
When it comes to orthodontic treatment time, everyone takes a different amount of time. We see a wide variety of unique cases at our office. Treatment with Invisalign is generally the same amount of time, or less, compared to traditional braces. Typically treatment time with traditional braces is around two years or longer, while Invisalign treatment averages closer to eighteen months. There are multiple factors that determine the amount of time you will spend wearing aligners such as compliance, age, and orthodontic issues.
Trust your smile to Seabreeze Orthodontics
All treatments have their ups and downs, and we know you have a set of needs for your unique smile. No matter your age or requirements, our team has the hands-on training and experience to help you with your goal. Our warm and professional offices feature up-to-date orthodontic technology to make choosing your orthodontic treatment options as stress-free as possible. If you still have questions about different treatment options, our well-trained orthodontic team would love to meet you for your FREE consultation to get you started on your journey to a confident smile.