Do you always cover your mouth when you smile because you’re self-conscious about your teeth? Are you afraid to smile in photos? It’s time to treat yourself to orthodontic treatment.
Many adults worry that they’ll look silly with braces. While this isn’t true (after all, adult braces are more common than ever), you do have another option if you value subtlety: Invisalign treatment.
You may have heard a few myths and misconceptions about Invisalign, and we’re here to correct them so you can decide if it’s right for you.
Read on to learn more.
Invisalign Is Always More Expensive Than Braces
This is one myth that comes from a place of truth, so it makes sense that so many people believe it. While Invisalign is often more expensive than metal braces, this isn’t always the case.
When Invisalign first started getting popular, it was far more expensive than braces. It’s a luxury product. Many insurance companies still consider Invisalign to be “aesthetic,” meaning that they won’t cover it.
That said, if your issues are minor, Invisalign can be as affordable or more affordable than braces. Talk to local orthodontists about their Invisalign treatment cost.
Invisalign Is Completely Invisible
Many people think of Invisalign as “Invisible braces.” It’s true that Invisalign is the least visible form of orthodontic care, you can still see it.
The aligners themselves are subtle, but most people have to get attachments (that look like brackets). Some have to wear rubber bands. These things are visible, sometimes even in high-quality photos.
From a distance, however, most people won’t notice your aligners.
You Have to Change Your Diet During Invisalign Treatment
When you wear traditional metal or ceramic braces, you have to modify your diet. You can’t eat anything too hard or sticky, or anything that’s likely to get caught in the wires.
One of the top benefits of Invisalign aligners is that you can still eat all of your favorite foods as long as you remove the aligners first. You remove your aligners from anywhere between two and four hours per day (ask your orthodontist first) so you have plenty of time to eat.
One of our top Invisalign tips: keep your aligners in a cleaning solution while you eat so they’re fresh and ready to put back in when your meal is over.
Invisalign Only Works for Simple Cases
Again, this used to be true. At one point, Invisalign wasn’t effective for people with complex orthodontic cases. That said, as technology has evolved, this is no longer the case. Invisalign is nearly as effective as traditional braces.
With attachments and rubber bands, Invisalign can handle almost all orthodontic problems. The Invisalign treatment time may even be comparable to the treatment time for traditional braces.
Are You Ready to Get Invisalign?
If you know that you’re in need of orthodontic care, Invisalign treatment is a great option. It’s more affordable than ever, it’s effective, and it’s subtle (though not “invisible”).
Talk to a local orthodontist about whether or not Invisalign is a good option for you.
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