Whether you are having minor surgery or getting a tattoo, the first place you are likely to look for information about either procedure is on the internet.
While the internet is a great source of information on almost every subject, it is also a place where you can read information about procedures and treatments that are not necessarily true.
Nowhere is that more obvious than when you are researching braces and aligners. If you have ever looked into Invisalign online, you may have come across horror stories and incidents of the aligner not working, which will have put you off of the idea of seeking treatment with this aligner.
But are these myths based in fact? And if not, what are some of the most prevalent myths that you are likely to read about Invisalign?
You can straighten your teeth using online aligners for less
There are many providers of ‘do it at home’ aligners, which offer braces and aligners designed from a mould that you take at home of your teeth. And due to the pandemic, more dental professionals like the ones at Clear Braces Direct in London are offering patients initial assessments and check-ups for invisible aligners, but sending them to the patients home to avoid unnecessary interaction.
There is more danger from using DIY aligners and you may run the risk of worsening an underlying orthodontic issue. So always seek an in-person assessment from a dental professional before beginning braces.
Clear aligners are too expensive to afford
Strangely, they aren’t.
Almost every surgery that offers adult orthodontics is able to also offer a payment plan or financing, so you can pay for your aligners or braces monthly rather than in one lump sum. Great!
They don’t work
While they may not work on more complex cases of misalignment, Invisalign is very suited to correcting minor incidents of misalignment and issues such as over, under and crossbites too.
Of course, to ensure that this aligner can treat your orthodontic issue, talk to a dentist or orthodontist before deciding on a suitable course of action.
They take longer than traditional braces
Many people assume that because Invisalign isn’t fitted, it takes longer for the aligner to work than traditional braces.
But when it comes to this aligner, the average treatment time is estimated at 3-6 months, whereas for adults, treatment with regular braces can take up to 3 years.
They can damage the roots of your teeth
While many patients worry that wearing any aligner or brace can damage the roots of their teeth, there is no empirical evidence to support this.
Studies have found that in order for braces and aligners to work best, the patient needs to have teeth that have well developed and non-pathological roots but this is to ensure that the teeth are able to move correctly.
So, no, wearing Invisalign or any orthodontic brace should not damage the roots of your teeth if the treatment is being overseen by a trained Invisalign provider. Great!
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