Traditional metal braces have been the solution for teeth and bite misalignment, or malocclusion, for decades. Advancements in technology and orthodontics in particular, however, have made Invisalign® a more popular choice among patients wanting a straighter smile. Despite this, there are still many misconceptions about the treatment. To ensure you are informed before deciding on an option, below are some of the most common myths debunked.
Common Misconceptions About Invisalign
1. It’s Not Recommended for Patients With Crowns.
Dental restorations like fillings and crowns don’t disqualify you from treatment. The aligners used are custom-made from detailed impressions a dentist takes. As a result, they fit perfectly over the crowns, so no damage is done to the restoration or the aligners.
2. Treatment Is Only Suitable for Minor Misalignment.
Previously, the solution was only suitable for patients with minor misalignment. Today, more severe instances of malocclusion are treated, and it’s quite rare for dentists to limit options to traditional braces instead.
3. Invisalign Is Only for Young Adults.
In its earliest form, Invisalign was only right for a specific group of patients, primarily those in their early 20s. Over the years, however, technology has advanced, and the solution now offers options for teens. Moreover, it’s suitable for adults of any age who otherwise have good oral health. Whether you’re 25 or 55, you can get a straighter smile with this treatment.
4. Invisalign Treatment Takes Longer.
In most cases, Invisalign takes about half the time as regular braces do. Many patients achieve a straighter smile in less than a year. The full treatment, however, depends on your individual needs as well as your diligence about wearing the aligners at least 22 hours per day.
5. It’s More Expensive Than Traditional Braces.
While this may have been true in the past, today, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces. Further, since its FDA approval in 1998, the system is covered by most insurance plans that offer orthodontic coverage.
If you want to achieve a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile without a year or more of wearing metal braces, Invisalign is a viable solution. The dentists at Preventive Dental Services PC, serving Barrow and Homer, AK, will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. In addition to orthodontic solutions, these cosmetic dentists also offer teeth whitening and restorative solutions like crowns and root canals. Call today at (907) 235-1286 to schedule a consultation, and visit the website for more information about how they can assist.