5 Myths about Invisalign

In the field of cosmetic dentistry, one treatment has gained significant attention: Invisalign. This innovative orthodontic solution offers a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. However, misconceptions about this method persist. To dispel these myths, we delve into the facts provided by our very own Invisalign practitioners in Nixa, MO.

5 Myths about Invisalign

Myth 1: Invisalign is Only for Cosmetic Purposes

Contrary to popular belief, straightening crooked teeth goes beyond aesthetic appeal. Misaligned teeth can lead to serious health problems. For example, tooth decay and gum disease are common for people with crooked teeth. This is due to trapped food particles and plaque build-up. With crooked teeth these are difficult to remove with brushing or flossing alone. Additionally, an irregular bite can interfere with proper chewing function or speech production.

An improper bite can also lead to premature wear and tear on your teeth. As a result, your enamel may become thin in places. This is yet another issue that can cause tooth decay.

Myth 2: Traditional Braces are More Effective than Invisalign

The efficacy of any orthodontic treatment largely depends on individual cases and patients’ adherence to prescribed care routines. Many teens and adults alike who desire less noticeable corrective measures while ensuring oral hygiene during the treatment period find solace in using custom-made aligners. For many, the freedom from the look of metal braces is enough reason to choose Invisalign. However, some patients may have allergies that prevent them from using traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a great path for those with metal sensitivities. 

Myth 3: Orthodontic Treatment is Solely for Young People

Orthodontics was traditionally associated with children and teenagers.  However, today, it caters equally well to adults seeking correction of long-standing dental issues arising from maturational changes, too. Of course, it is better to correct alignment issues sooner rather than later. Yet, many adults cannot access orthodontic treatment until later in life. As a result, they seek the help of their dentists. With Invisalign, adults don’t have to worry about the look and feel of traditional braces. They can enjoy life and pictures with Invisalign. 

Myth 4: Straightening Teeth Requires Wearing Braces

While braces are a common tool in orthodontics for correcting malocclusions (bad bites), they aren’t the only option available. For those who prefer to avoid braces, alternative treatments include cosmetic tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.

With Invisalign, we can correct a variety of bite problems without braces.

Myth 5: Invisalign Treatment Doesn’t Provide Predictable Results

In actuality, the Invisalign software allows for more predictable treatment planning. The aligners are tailored to fit your teeth precisely, reducing irritation and the potential for scratches on the gums or inside of the mouth during usage. We can show our patients what they can expect from their treatment with the Invisalign software. 

Despite these myths surrounding Invisalign and orthodontic treatment in general, it’s crucial to remember that each patient’s case is unique. Therefore, consulting with a qualified dentist can clarify the best course of action for you.


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