If your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be or have gaps between them, you may be deciding which cosmetic dental treatment will be your best option to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Orthodontic treatment may be one of the most suitable options, with Invisalign treatment and braces working effectively for many cases. As Invisalign has become increasingly popular for adults who want a straighter smile, you may have done your own research on the treatment but with this research comes the opportunity for misconceptions to appear regarding exactly how Invisalign works.
To give you a complete picture of the Invisalign treatment process, we’ve debunked some of the most common Invisalign myths below so you can make the best decision for achieving your dream smile!
- Myth 1: Invisalign is just for adults
- Myth 2: Invisalign isn’t as effective as braces
- Myth 3: Invisalign hurts
- Myth 4: Invisalign is only for mild orthodontic problems
- Myth 5: Invisalign treatment takes longer than braces
- Myth 6: Invisalign requires more preparation of the teeth
- Myth 7: You don’t need to wear a retainer after Invisalign
- Myth 8: Invisalign is more expensive than braces
- Myth 9: You don’t need to see a dentist for Invisalign
Myth 1: Invisalign is just for adults
Although the original purpose of Invisalign was to offer a subtle and convenient orthodontic treatment for adults who wouldn’t have considered traditional braces as an option, it’s also suitable for older teenagers who may have not had the chance to get braces when they were younger or if their teeth have since moved and need readjusting.
Invisalign Teen is also available for younger teens, which works similarly to the adult version but also caters for the ongoing development of the teeth and jaws. The aligners feature wear indicators that the dentist and parents can check to confirm they are being worn as frequently as they’re supposed to be, meaning better results for the young patient.
Myth 2: Invisalign isn’t as effective as braces
Although there are certain more complex cases that can’t be treated with Invisalign, common misalignment such as crooked or gapped teeth are just as effectively treated with Invisalign as they would be with braces. More complex cases can sometimes also be treated with Invisalign, but only under the highly skilled treatment planning of an experienced dentist or orthodontist.
When it comes to Invisalign VS braces, The main instance where Invisalign treatment may not be as effective is if the patient doesn’t wear their aligners for the 22 hours required each day, removing them only to eat, drink and clean their teeth to ensure movement occurs as effectively as possible.
Myth 3: Invisalign hurts
Orthodontic treatment in general can cause discomfort for some patients, since there is a pressure being applied to the teeth to straighten them. But, Invisalign generally causes less pain and discomfort than regular braces, due to their comfortable design which helps prevent scratches, cuts and irritation to the lips and cheeks that is common with braces.
Usually, some tightness will be experienced during the first day of changing to a new set of aligners, which is why we recommend switching before you go to bed. If the aligners are painful or uncomfortable beyond this there may be an issue, so it’s best to visit your dentist to determine how to make adjustments to improve comfort. Your aligners may simply need some trimming around the edges for a better fit.
Myth 4: Invisalign is only for mild orthodontic problems
In the early days, Invisalign was best suited for minor adjustments to alignment, but technology has vastly improved so that now it can also treat more complex issues and most of the common alignment issues such as overbites, crooked or crowded teeth with the guidance of an experienced dentist or orthodontist. For patients with an underbite, crossbite or more severe issues with the jaws and teeth, your dentist will need to assess this on a case by case basis to determine if Invisalign will be an effective option, or if a referral to an orthodontist for braces will be more suitable.
Myth 5: Invisalign treatment takes longer than braces
You may have read that Invisalign works slower than braces, or even the opposite, but in reality the teeth straightening process really differs for each individual patient. The average Invisalign case takes 6 – 18 months of treatment, while braces can take from 6 months to 2 years, but this is also taking into account the more complex orthodontic cases that take a significant amount of time.
The Invisalign treatment time is based on optimal compliance where the patient wears the aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day. If they’re worn for less time, the treatment will take longer and the treatment plan may need to be changed.
Myth 6: Invisalign requires more preparation of the teeth
In some cases your dentist or orthodontist may suggest removing a tooth or several teeth, or sandpapering the teeth in preparation for your orthodontic treatment to improve the results. This can occur for both Invisalign and braces, and as braces are often more effective for very difficult cases, the chances are higher that you’ll require an extraction for these treatments than for minor Invisalign cases.
Myth 7: You don’t need to wear a retainer after Invisalign
Even if you opt for Invisalign over braces, the reality is that you’ll still need to wear a retainer at night time to keep your teeth in their new straight position! Without a retainer, your teeth can start to move back into their old position, which will mean you’ve wasted your effort and money on creating a straighter smile as you may require another round of treatment at your own expense.
Luckily, the retainer will also be discreet like your Invisalign aligners, or a wire bonded to the back of your teeth.
Myth 8: Invisalign is more expensive than braces
The cost of Invisalign will depend on the length of your treatment, and is often similar to the price of braces. Invisalign on the Gold Coast costs approximately $2950 for the mildest option, to $8450^ for the most complex cases. Traditional braces usually cost approximately $6000 – $7000 in most situations.
Orthodontic treatment normally isn’t covered by private health insurance, but part of the cost may be covered if you have extras. Flexible payment plans can be a convenient option to pay for the treatment over time to suit your budget.
Myth 9: You don’t need to see a dentist for Invisalign
Other brands of clear aligners that are advertised online are becoming increasingly popular, where there are no direct appointments with the dentist and aligners are instead delivered directly to the patient. Straightening your teeth is an extremely specific process to ensure the teeth, bite and jaw are correctly aligned, and should be completed by a qualified dentist or orthodontist who can make any necessary adjustments throughout the treatment.
Having direct contact with your dentist will ensure the treatment is completed as efficiently and safely as possible, with there being several differences between Invisalign and SmileDirectClub, for example, that you should be aware of to prevent any issues from occurring with DIY teeth straightening.
Undergoing Invisalign treatment with one of our highly experienced Gold Coast dentists will mean you receive customised care and planning, as well as regular visits to ensure your treatment is on track to getting you the straightest smile possible!
Gold Coast Invisalign Treatment
Oasis Dental Studio is currently offering free Invisalign® consultations at our Gold Coast dental practices, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team to find out more!
In the meantime, to see in 60 seconds what Invisalign® can do for your smile, try our Invisalign® SmileView simulator.
Please feel free to schedule an appointment online or give us a call:
- Broadbeach Dental Practice: 07 5526 8722
- Palm Beach Dental Practice: 07 5525 6610
- Chirn Park Dental Practice: 07 5627 1127
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^Prices are current at time of publication and are subject to change at any time.