Misconceptions About Invisalign and Braces

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Misconceptions About Invisalign and BracesMisconceptions About Invisalign and Braces

There are many different misconceptions about Invisalign and braces. People may believe that one treatment path is more effective than the other, or that one is harder to obtain. However, deciding which treatment option is best for you depends on your individual smile goals. Every smile and treatment plan is unique. 

Dr. Drew, orthodontist in El Dorado Hills, CA,  sat down and made a list of the most common misconceptions he hears from both patients and parents. Read on to learn more about the common misunderstandings about Invisalign and Braces. 

Misconceptions About Invisalign

Misconception #1: Invisalign is less effective.

Many people believe that they have to opt for braces to achieve the straight, perfected smile that they desire. However, this isn’t always the case.  For most conditions, Invisalign clear aligners are just as effective as braces. In fact, studies suggest that Invisalign treatment can have some distinct advantages over traditional braces, such as healthier teeth and gums due to ease of brushing and flossing.

Misconception #2: Invisalign is only for adults.

Teenagers and adults are often the target market for Invisalign. However, Invisalign is an excellent option for all ages. It is just as effective for younger children whose teeth are still in the growing stages as it is for adults and teens.

Misconception #3: Health insurance doesn’t cover Invisalign.

Invisalign isn’t only for cosmetic purposes. Our orthodontists in Sacramento share that these aligners can be used to help other issues that exist with your teeth. If your insurance plan covers traditional braces, they will almost always cover Invisalign as well.

Misconception #4: Invisalign clear aligners require more work than traditional braces.

It is true that aligners require the patient to take an active part in their treatment by changing out aligner trays each week. Dr. Ben Kacos, dentist in Shreveport, Lousiana, recommends that patients work hard to keep their aligners clean by rinsing the trays and brushing them with antibacterial soap. However, it is easier to maintain good oral hygiene with aligners,  and there are no broken brackets or pokey wires to deal with.

Misconception #5: Invisalign is more painful/difficult to get used to than braces.

Orthodontics is not what it used to be. Today’s braces and clear aligners use incredibly gentle, calculated, and precise movements to align the teeth. However, tooth movement still requires that metal or plastic puts some pressure on the teeth to shift them into a new position. This new sensation will take a few days to get used to, with some soreness to be expected. Our patients always say the result is well worth the adjustment!

Misconceptions About Braces

Misconception #1: The only benefit of braces is making my teeth look better.

Although straight teeth and a full smile do look much better, braces are for more than just cosmetic purposes. Misalignments of teeth and jaws can affect speech, chewing, cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and even lead to jaw problems. Crowded teeth are also more difficult to keep clean, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Misconception #2: Braces are painful.

Our top of the line brackets and wires apply more gentle and precise forces to move teeth, causing much less pain and require fewer adjustments than previously required in orthodontics. It’s usually only uncomfortable for a day or two after the braces are first placed, and some teeth may become sore following adjustments.

Misconception #3: Braces take 3-4  years.

The most common treatment length is 2 years. Most cases that go over that are due to patients not wearing elastics as directed, repeatedly breaking brackets by eating off-limit foods or having poor oral hygiene. 

Misconception #4: I can’t play sports with traditional braces

Many people play sports with traditional braces. We provide mouth guards for all our patients, and as long as you wear it, it is perfectly safe to play sports with braces! 

As you can see, there are many common misconceptions about Invisalign and Braces. For more information on Invisalign and Braces for teens, schedule an appointment with our amazing orthodontists, Dr. Lyons and Dr. Drew! We would love to sit down with you and make a personalized treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. 

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