Busting all the Invisalign myths and key considerations to discuss with your provider

by | Oct 11, 2023


Invisalign has been transforming smiles for decades with proven results time and time again. However some people are still a little hesitant as there are certain myths that circulate around regarding invisalign treatment, none of which have any basis to them. If you are considering invisalign and have any concerns then read on to have these common invisalign myths debunked. It will enable you to make an informed decision about this effective orthodontic treatment and how it can help you achieve your desired smile.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the practically invisible alternative to wearing metal braces which can be an uncomfortable experience, both physically and aesthetically. Dental invisalign is a great way to get straighter teeth without having to wear metal braces. Made out of flexible plastic, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack, invisalign is FDA approved. The treatment consists of a process of wearing a series of clear removable aligners. By gently adjusting the tightness of the aligners it slowly but steadily straightens the teeth without the need for brackets and wires.

Invisalign:  Myths vs Fact

Despite its proven success, there are some common myths surrounding Invisalign which sometimes cause people to hesitate to get the treatment done, which is unfortunate. Below are some of the myths that simply are not true.

Myth #1 – Invisalign is a painful process

There is a conception that invisalign is painful, but Invisalign is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any surgical procedures. It is uses a set of custom made clear aligners to gently coax teeth into their new positions. There is only slight discomfort at first as the aligners fit the teeth snugly to gently move crooked teeth into place. It can address a number of orthodontic and restorative dentistry needs.

Myth #2 – Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces

Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional braces because it does involve having customised aligners done. However, the treatment is not invasive and has next no impact on your appearance, something to appreciate when in social situations. Dental invisalign is a convenient treatment to undergo and the actual cost of your entire treatment will depend on how severe your case is. Simpler misalignments can be treated with a lesser number of trays so the cost will roughly be the same as getting braces but with less hassle.

Myth #3 – Invisalign can only fix minor misalignments

This is a very common misconception and simply not true because invisalign aligners are very effective in straightening even more complex issues, again by applying gentle pressure in the right places. These retainers are durable and able to straighten very crocked teeth to achieve your desired smile. Invisalign aligners are suitable for baby teeth as well with specially designed trays that are comfortable while helping to shape the child’s smile.

Myth #4 – Invisalign takes longer to work in comparison to traditional braces

In reality the focused force applied by aligners helps adjust teeth quite quickly and in some cases prove to be quicker that traditional braces. Thanks to the custom made new aligner sets you get every two weeks your teeth are continuously being coaxed into the correct positions. It is important to follow your dentist’s specific instructions regarding how long to wear the aligners daily and to go for regular check ups so the progress can be monitored.

Myth #5 – Invisalign restricts your diet

Basically there are no dietary restrictions because you have to take off your invisalign trays or aligners before consuming any foods or beverages and so you can continue to enjoy your favourites. However, listen to the advice of your dentist regarding foods that could be best avoided, even when the aligners are off in case they cause damage to the gums or teeth. Also it would be advisable for you to clean your teeth after eating and before putting the aligners back on to keep them clean and free from buildup.

Invisalign considerations to discuss with your provider

If you have decided to go with Invisalign treatment after weighing all its benefits, then you should discuss any considerations you have with your provider. This will ensure that any doubts are cleared up and that you are getting the best from your treatment.

Types of issues that can be corrected by Invisalign

Invisalign claims to be able to help types of overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, crossbites, gap teeth, misaligned teeth, bad bites and open bites. However, Invisalign might be more effective for people whose teeth require only a certain kind of movement and depending on your case how many hours a day you will need to wear the aligners. It could even be close to 22 hours a day. If you have had bridgework done on some of your teeth then Invisalign may not be the best option. Let your provider give you a run down on what they can treat effectively with Invisalign.

Follow up appointments

Follow up or progress appointments are essential for the Invisalign treatment to work. Check with the dentist how often you will have to come for follow up visits for new aligners. The time is generally acknowledged to be every two weeks, but this may vary depending on your case.

Dental hygiene

Maintaining good dental hygiene habits is especially important when getting Invisalign treatment done. It ensures that your teeth remain in good condition throughout the teeth straightening treatment reducing the chances of additional complications later on.

  • Brush and floss your teeth as normal.
  • If possible limit your intake of food and beverages that cause stains. If you do consume such items then brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out immediately before putting the aligners back on.
  • Keep your aligners clean and invest in an Invisalign cleaning kit.
  • You can use mouth wash during the treatment time, just make sure that the invisalign aligners are out of your mouth before doing so.

Smile confidently with Invisalign treatments in Canary Wharf and Nine Elms

Mouth Dental’s state of the art clinics at Canary Wharf and Nine Elms are backed by highly experienced certified and invisalign trained dentists and orthodontists who can help transform your smile with a bespoke treatment plan. We are certified Invisalign Diamond providers and can ensure you achieve the smile of your dreams, so get in touch with us if you are looking to revamp your smile.