The TRUE & FALSE of Invisalign – Debunking fact from fiction to determine if Invisalign is right for you
A lot of people think Invisalign can only be utilized to fix slight dental problems, but that’s simply not true. Since Invisalign came into existence in 1997, the technology has come a long, long way! Now, Invisalign trays can fix almost any issue, big or small. The problem I notice in my practice is that there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about Invisalign. Therefore, I thought it was time to sort the fact from the fiction.
1) Invisalign is only for people with slight orthodontic problems. FALSE.
Invisalign doesn’t just fix minor overbites and underbites, or those few teeth that have crowded together. It can fix even more than that! The key is to understand the severity of the problem you want to fix and determine with your orthodontist whether Invisalign is right for you. Most cases can be easily fixed with Invisalign. Only in extreme cases will an orthodontist suggest another approach besides Invisalign.
What Invisalign can fix:
- Gaps in your teeth
- Crowded teeth
2) Invisalign doesn’t have an age limit. TRUE.
Invisalign is perfect for anyone at almost any age. It’s great for teens because it’s virtually invisible, which helps with their self-esteem. Let’s face it, with dating, prom, sports and active social lives, getting metal braces probably isn’t at the top of your teen’s list of things they want to do. Invisalign is also a great option for adults, because it’s discreet and allows them to approach both professional and personal situations with a confident smile. It also serves as a great tool for older people who want to get their smile back to where it was 20 years ago. After all, our teeth will inevitably shift throughout our lives, and we can only continue to keep them in the right position through treatment and retention. The only group of individuals that Invisalign is not (currently) recommended for is children, due to their developing jaws. Other than that, it’s a picture-perfect solution for just about everyone.
3) Remembering to wear the trays is going to be hard. FALSE.
For Invisalign to work its magic, you need to wear your trays for 22 hours a day. That leaves two hours a day to eat, drink, floss and brush. A lot of people worry that they won’t have what it takes to wear their aligner trays for 22 hours every day, but we know you can do it. Truly, you’ll hardly notice them after the first hour. Think of them like contacts. Once they’re in place, you don’t even notice them.
As for your teen, Invisalign has taken every step to ensure they stay on track with treatment. Invisalign Teen aligners come with “compliance indicators” – little blue dots on the aligners that gradually fade if the aligners are being worn full time. Some of us like to keep these little blue dots a secret until the first appointment.
So yes, wearing your aligners is a commitment, but not as big of a commitment as getting a dog or a cat or moving in with a significant other. You’ve got this!
4) The aligners will make me talk with a lisp. (Mostly) FALSE.
It’s normal to have a lisp for the first few days of wearing your Invisalign trays. However, you should remember that the human body and the mouth in particular have amazing adaptive abilities. Learning to talk with Invisalign is very quick and easy. You’ll be talking normally in no time!
5) You can see the results happening right before your eyes. TRUE.
Getting your perfect smile is not going to happen overnight, but it does happen rather quickly. In fact, most people see visible results within the first three months of wearing their trays. Plus, since they’re clear, and you won’t have all that metal in your mouth, you’ll be able to notice the difference even more easily!
6) I won’t be able to eat whatever I want. FALSE.
This one is completely false. With Invisalign, you can eat and drink anything you want. The key is to just take out your aligners first and make sure you brush, floss, and rinse your teeth before you put them back in. If you’re out and about and are unable to brush your teeth before you put your aligners back in, simply rinse your mouth out well, replace the aligners, and make sure to brush and floss once you get home. So, who’s ready for some corn on the cob or soda? With Invisalign, you can eat it, drink it and have seconds. Just remember to put your aligners back in right away!
7) I can take them out for special occasions. TRUE.
Weddings. Prom. Homecoming. Board meetings. Interviews. Whatever the reason or occasion, the beauty of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners anytime you want. If you have a big event coming up that you don’t want to wear your aligners for, then don’t. You’re free to take them out and put them back in after. It’s literally that simple. With regular braces, that’s not the case. You have to wear them until your treatment is finished. Unless, of course, you’re a multi-millionaire or movie star. Then you can have your metal braces removed and put back on whenever you like. That sounds like quite the hassle though, right?
8) Invisalign costs much more than braces. FALSE
You may be surprised to hear that in most cases, Invisalign costs the same or very close to the same as the cost of braces. Oftentimes, if you have orthodontic insurance, Invisalign is covered exactly the same as braces are!
So stop waiting, and stop by my office to talk about Invisalign. Who knows – you could have the smile you’ve always dreamed of in six months to a year if you do!
All the best,
Dr. Dana Martin