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10 Myths about Invisalign
Invisalign aligners are a clear alternative to traditional metallic braces. Over the years, Invisalign treatment has become popular because these aligners are removable and virtually invisible. It is difficult for others to notice that you have braces on, which makes them highly appealing to the adult community. Unfortunately, misconceptions about Invisalign aligners have also cropped up. Vita Dental Spring would like to demystify these misconceptions to give you perfect treatment.
Invisalign Is Extremely Expensive
It is true that the cost of braces varies depending on the type. However, the cost of braces is dependent mainly on the location, the amount, and kind of orthodontic work done before installing the aligners. To know the actual cost of each treatment, visit your dentist first. Vita Dental Spring advises you not to avoid Invisalign based on a misconception about the prices. Try asking first to decide if you can afford the treatment.
My Insurance Will Not Cover Invisalign
Your dental cover policy depends on your insurer. However, it is important to remember that despite the aesthetic appeal, Invisalign fixes a dental process just like other braces. For this reason, your insurer has no right to deny you coverage. It is wise to consult with the insurer to know how far the cover goes, before seeking treatment.
Invisalign Only Works for Adults
Unfortunately, marketing mostly targets the adult population for Invisalign. Its only natural because most adults are more conscious of their appearance than children. However, Invisalign aligners are also suitable for children and highly active teenagers. The braces can be removed during sports to prevent injury from braces, and also prevent them from breaking.
Invisalign Only Works for Mildly Crooked Teeth
Perhaps due to their appearance, people assume that Invisalign is only suitable for mild to moderately crooked teeth. Luckily this may not be the case. Your dentist is trained to deal with mild to extreme circumstances and will decide if Invisalign aligners are the best for your teeth. To know if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment visit Vita Dental Spring today.
Invisalign Aligners Have Strict Dietary Restrictions
Traditional braces have dietary restrictions to minimize plaque buildup after food particles remain. Patients also have to brush their teeth carefully and are always conscious of their smiles due to the risk of food particles getting stuck. With Invisalign, the agony of not enjoying your favorite meals is dealt with, because you can quickly remove them, enjoy the meal, brush and return them.
Patients Can Continue Smoking with Invisalign
The removable nature of Invisalign aligners does not give patients the freedom to smoke. Smoking will discolor the aligners, which beats the entire purpose of getting clear aligners in the first place. The yellow coating and staining by nicotine are also difficult and costly to remove.
Invisalign Aligners Work Faster Than Other Braces
Invisalign treatment can last for twelve months or even years. The treatment works just like other braces and depends on the complexity of the procedure and your diligence. If your underbite or overbite is larger than a friend’s, then there is no point in trying to compare yourselves. The dentist or orthodontist will decide how long you need aligners. Your dentist might discourage Invisalign if you do not adhere to your treatment plan strictly. In this case, metal braces are a safer option because you cannot remove them.
Invisalign Does Not Require Care
Just like your teeth, Invisalign aligners require care, primarily because they go into your mouth. Ensure that you brush your teeth before putting the aligners back, and also soak them as advised by the dentist. Invisalign also require brushing with toothpaste just like your teeth. Remember that the aligners will be in constant contact with your teeth and should, therefore, stay clean to prevent tooth decay and plaque buildup. With proper care, your aligners will remain stain free and also smell fresh.
Invisalign Aligners Change Speech
Naturally, you will develop a lisp for two to three days after getting Invisalign. However, the mouth is quick to adapt to changes, and after some time, you should sound and feel normal again. The aligners become part of your daily routine, and you will feel more comfortable having them.
Invisalign Can Only Be Worn Occasionally
Invisalign aligners should be on your teeth as much as possible, for 20-22 hours every day. The only exemptions allowed are when you are eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, brushing the aligners or soaking them. People participating in extreme sports are also advised to take off their aligners to protect them. Other than that, the aligners should always be on your teeth. If you deviate too much from your dentist’s instructions, then you will not get the desired results, and your treatment could cost more and take longer than expected.
To learn more about Invisalign aligners, their advantages, and suitability for you, visit Vita Dental Spring today for a full consultation.