Have you been looking for a way to straighten your smile but aren’t sure if traditional braces are a good fit for you? If you’d prefer a more flexible treatment method, Invisalign clear aligners could be the perfect solution! We’ll help you determine the Fact Vs. Fiction with Invisalign. When you choose to explore Invisalign treatment with Decatur Orthodontics, you can be sure you’re putting your smile in the most experienced hands.
While Invisalign has been used to straighten teeth for more than twenty years now, there are still a few misconceptions floating around out there about how the system works and what clear aligners can accomplish. To separate fact from fiction about Invisalign, keep reading below!
Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t work as well as braces
This is a myth worth busting! Invisalign is completely removable, so it’s a common belief that it will not be as effective as traditional braces. But with time and some improvements, we’ve found that clear aligners are just as effective as conventional treatment methods.
Fact: Invisalign is just as effective as metal braces
Invisalign has advanced over the years thanks to new technology. When it first came onto the orthodontic scene, orthodontists primarily used it for post-orthodontic retention. We have found that clear aligners are just as effective as traditional braces at correcting orthodontic problems. With Invisalign, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted with a more comfortable appliance and overall better experience!
Fiction: Invisalign is more expensive than braces
Traditional braces have become more accessible and affordable at Decatur Orthodontics over the years. Because of this, it’s a common belief that Invisalign will be more costly since it is a newer technology. But, we have some great news!
Fact: Invisalign cost is comparable to braces
Since every smile we treat at Decatur Orthodontics is one of a kind and has its own unique needs, there is no set treatment cost. Many people are surprised to learn that traditional braces and Invisalign are usually around the same price. If you have dental insurance, it may even cover orthodontic treatment. We will walk you through every step of the process to determine the best treatment plan for your budget. We’ll go over every aspect of your treatment costs so you’ll never have any unexpected fees.
Fiction: Invisalign trays are painful
Traditional braces have a longstanding reputation for being irritating or uncomfortable since they use metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth. Naturally, people jump to the conclusion that Invisalign will be the same. It is still moving your teeth, after all! But Invisalign uses a different approach, making this further from the truth.
Fact: Invisalign trays are very comfortable
Invisalign uses flexible SmartTrack material that is customizable to your smile. You will switch your trays out every few weeks as directed by Dr. Francis to keep up with the movements your teeth are making. You will feel some slight pressure during this transition as your teeth start to shift, but this doesn’t last more than a day or two.
Fiction: It’s hard to maintain Invisalign aligners
You’re not alone if you first think of restrictions when hearing the word “orthodontics”! While metal braces have several rules you have to follow throughout treatment, Invisalign offers a little more flexibility.
Fact: Invisalign is easy to maintain
One perk of Invisalign with Decatur Orthodontics is that you can drink and eat whatever you’d like, eliminating the food restrictions that may come to mind. You’ll also be able to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine, brushing and flossing as you normally would. To keep your aligners in good condition, you’ll need to remove them, rinse with an approved solution, and store them in a sealed case when not in use.
Fiction: Treatment takes longer with Invisalign
Some believe that since Invisalign is removable rather than attached to your teeth, you’ll spend more time in treatment. But, that’s not the case with Invisalign at Decatur Orthodontics.
Fact: Treatment time with Invisalign is similar to metal braces
In our Decatur office, we see various cases and recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to individual treatment time. There are several factors to consider when considering the time you’ll spend in treatment, including orthodontic issues, compliance, and age. On average, treatment time with traditional braces is around two years, while treatment time with Invisalign is typically less than two years.
Fact: a beautiful smile is possible with Invisalign & Decatur Orthodontics
Dr. Francis has years of experience straightening. While Invisalign can be a fantastic tool for straightening teeth, we are passionate about treating each patient with a customized treatment plan. You can trust us only to recommend the appliance with the best outcome possible!
You’ll need a consultation with Dr. Francis to determine if Invisalign is right for your smile. When you schedule your FREE consultation in our Decatur office, we’ll examine your mouth and determine which treatment would be the best fit for your specific needs. If you’d like to learn more about how the Invisalign clear aligner system could transform your smile, get in touch with us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Francis and the team!