Technology advancements in orthodontic treatment have created more options than ever to help patients get their perfect smile. Each option ranges depending on your budget and lifestyle. Not only have traditional metal braces become much easier to wear, but we have had many high-quality advancements in the possibilities of achieving your perfect smile pretty close to your preferred terms without them. These advancements make it easier than ever to reach your smile goals. Invisalign has been one of the latest trends in dentistry. Naturally, it has gained much attention throughout the years as it gained in popularity, but there has also been some misinformation. Our doctors at New England Orthodontic Specialists are here to help you learn the facts about Invisalign and inform you about some of the urban legends associated with Invisalign.
Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t work as well as braces
People think that Invisalign is less effective because it is removable, but that is just a myth. In fact, Invisalign is just as effective as standard treatment.
Fact: Invisalign works just as well as braces
Thanks to technological advancements, Invisalign has come a long way over the years. Originally, clear aligners were used for post-treatment retention, but now we have found that they are just as effective at correcting orthodontic problems as traditional braces. When used as directed by Dr. Neil or Dr. Diana, you can achieve the same stunning results with Invisalign.
Fiction: Invisalign is difficult to manage
When thinking of orthodontic treatment, you may first think of the restrictions that come with it. The rules that come with metal braces aren’t present with Invisalign.
Fact: Invisalign is easy to manage
The process for keeping your Invisalign clean and clear is simple. Just remove them and rinse them with an approved solution. To keep them in mint condition, just use a special care kit. Another perk of Invisalign is that you will continue your regular oral hygiene routine, allowing you to floss and brush as you usually would. You will also not have to deal with any food restrictions, leaving you to eat and drink whatever you want.
Fiction: Invisalign trays are painful
Traditional braces have a reputation for being irritating or uncomfortable, and many people associate that with Invisalign. However, with Invisalign, there is a different treatment approach since there are no metal brackets or wires.
Fact: Invisalign trays are very comfortable
Invisalign is customized to fit your smile. Using a technology called SmartTrack material, Invisalign applies a gentle, constant amount of pressure on your teeth. This Improves control of tooth movements. SmartTrak material is comfortable and fits snugly around your teeth for the smile you expect
Traditional braces need to be tightened over time and feature brackets and wires that are fixed to the teeth, which causes discomfort. When using Invisalign, you will switch out the trays every 1-2 weeks, causing some pressure that will subside after a day or two.
Fiction: Treatment takes longer with Invisalign
Another common assumption, similar to the effectiveness myth, is that the treatment time will be longer with Invisalign. Especially since clear aligners are removable and not fixed to your teeth, that is certainly not the case.
Fact: Treatment time with Invisalign is similar to metal braces
Fact: Invisalign costs more than braces
Traditional braces have developed and advanced over the years, which gave specialists more time to perfect their use. This makes them more accessible and affordable. Since Invisalign is a new technology, many believe that the cost will be more. However, you’ll be surprised to learn that Invisalign is comparable to traditional braces.
Fact: Invisalign cost is comparable to braces
Every smile is unique, so there is no way to give a set number for treatment costs. Generally, for most patients, Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces typically cost about the same. If you have dental insurance, it may even cover orthodontic treatment. If you’re considering treatment and are interested in payment options, please reach out to any of our offices – Beverly, Topsfield, South Hamilton, or Salem. We will happily work with you to determine the best treatment plan before we begin.
Fact: Your smile is our top priority!
We love to see our patients achieve their orthodontic dreams. With our team at New England Orthodontic Specialists to guide you through specialized treatment, a confident smile is right around the corner. If you have any questions or concerns about oral hygiene during treatment, our expert team is always here to help. Get in touch with us today to schedule a free initial consultation or follow-up with Dr. Neil and Dr. Diana in any of our offices – Beverly, Topsfield, South Hamilton, or Salem.