Invisalign: Fact or Fiction

Every patient is unique, and with a variety of orthodontic treatments available, it’s important to find which treatment works best for helping you achieve your ideal smile. And with the growing popularity of Invisalign clear aligners, more patients are enjoying the benefits of traditional metal braces without all the brackets and wires. However, the growing use of Invisalign also means a growing amount of misinformation. But don’t worry! Whitewater Orthodontic Studio is here to help you out. Our expert team wants you to have the right information about Invisalign so you can decide if it’s the best treatment for you. Let’s look over a few misconceptions about Invisalign so you can separate the fact from the fiction.

Fiction: Invisalign trays are painful

Traditional braces have a reputation for being irritating and painful, and so many people assume Invisalign will be similarly uncomfortable. Metal braces use wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth and adjusted over time, which causes some discomfort. But the helpful part of Invisalign treatment is how it takes a different approach that does not include as much wiring.  

Fact: Invisalign trays are very comfortable

Invisalign trays are made from SmartTrack material that is flexible and customized to your smile. This means they are more comfortable since there are no wires or brackets. Your trays will need to be replaced every 1-2 weeks as directed by the doctors at Whitewater Orthodontic Studio. When switching trays there will be some pressure as your teeth start to shift, but that will subside after a day or two.

Fiction: It’s hard to maintain Invisalign aligners

When you think of the challenges of orthodontic treatment, you might think of food restrictions and trouble with brushing your teeth. All orthodontic treatments come with their own set of challenges, and there are plenty of rules to follow with metal braces, but that isn’t always the case with Invisalign. 

Fact: Invisalign is easy to maintain

Keeping your clear aligners in their best condition is actually pretty simple. By using the special care kit, removing them, and rinsing with an approved solution, you’re more likely to keep your aligners in the right condition. And since you don’t have to worry about brackets or wires, you easily maintain your normal oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing. No need to worry about maneuvering around metal parts! As for food restrictions, you can drink and eat whatever you want when using Invisalign. Just remove the aligner when you eat, and then rinse and put it back in once you’re done.

Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t work as well as braces

Many patients believe that since traditional braces are directly attached to the teeth, they are more effective than Invisalign, which is easily removable. This does seem to make sense on the surface. But despite what it may seem, this is far from the truth.

Fact: Invisalign is just as effective as metal braces

Invisalign clear aligners have come a long way thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology. Clear aligners were originally used for post-treatment retention, but they are just as effective at correcting orthodontic problems as braces. When used as directed by our teams of doctors, you can achieve the same results as you would with traditional braces. For some patients, the results can actually be superior to braces.

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Fiction: Invisalign is more expensive than braces

Traditional braces have become more accessible and affordable over the years with advancements in orthodontic technology. Since Invisalign is a newer technology, many people believe it must cost more. But lucky for you, this is not the case!

Fact: Invisalign cost is very similar to braces

Every patient’s treatment is different, so there are a number of variables to what your specific treatment will cost. But traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners usually cost the same. If you have dental insurance, orthodontic treatment may be covered. Our team in our office will help verify this and work with you to create a treatment plan for your budget before we begin orthodontic treatment. 

Fiction: Treatment takes longer with Invisalign

There are many patients who believe that metal braces will straighten teeth faster than Invisalign since braces use glue and wires that attach directly to the teeth. But, that is not the case.

Fact: Treatment time with Invisalign is usually less than metal braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatment time, everyone takes a different amount of time. We see a wide variety of unique cases at our office. Treatment with Invisalign is generally the same of time, or less, compared to traditional braces. Typically treatment time with traditional braces is around two years or longer, while Invisalign treatment averages closer to eighteen months. There are multiple factors that determine the amount of time you will spend wearing aligners such as compliance, age, and orthodontic issues.

Give your smile the best at Whitewater Orthodontic Studio

It’s important to have the right information as you begin your road to a better smile. And with our help, it’s never been more convenient. With so many affordable treatment options to choose from, we’ll help you find the best fit for your unique smile and goals. 

Here at Whitewater Orthodontic Studio, we believe orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening teeth. Orthodontics has a wealth of benefits for your overall health, and on top of that can give you a better smile, which leads to better confidence and self-esteem. We believe that helping our patients feel good about themselves is the very essence of good health! 

With convenient offices in Lacey, Tacoma  and Yelm, you’ll be able to pop in for appointments and get back to your day in no time. Dr. Leavitt and our talented team are committed to giving you a rewarding and stress-free experience from start to finish! Are you ready to learn more about how orthodontics can transform your smile and improve your oral health? Get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Leavitt and take the first step towards the smile of your dreams!