In 2022, there are many ways for you to straighten your teeth without needing to use a fitted or metal brace.
And if you were suitable, you will likely have asked your dental team about wearing Invisalign aligners. These aligners are, as the name suggests, invisible, or the closest thing to it and are easy to fit into daily life for busy adults.
However, along with their fame and popularity have come some rather unfortunate mistruths about the aligners, usually due to people wearing them when they are not suitable. If you have read any of these, this may prevent you from seeking this treatment, even though it would be exceedingly beneficial for you.
So, in this article, the most common myths surrounding invisible braces Sydney are explored, allowing you to learn the truth about the treatment.
They don’t work
Perhaps the biggest myth about Invisalign is that it simply doesn’t work. When you want to undertake this aligner, you will firstly need to attend a consultation with your dentist to determine if you are suitable for it. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for Invisalign aligners, then the process is highly likely to work for you, provided that you follow your dentist’s advice. But they haven’t become the most popular realignment tool by not working! And for the majority of patients who undertake them, they will work.
They take longer than regular braces
Consider a set of standard metal braces that can take up to 3 years to work for somebody who has a complex case of dental misalignment. Invisalign is designed to realign mild to moderate cases of dental misalignment and has an average treatment time of around 3 to 6 months, so no, they do not take longer than standard braces and can save a fair amount of time when it comes to treatment.
They fall out
Invisalign is indeed a removable aligner, but the aligner should not be falling out of your mouth. If it is, this may signify that you need to move on to the next aligner in the series, or that there is an issue with tracking or fitting, which would need to be discussed with your dentist.
They are too expensive for most people
A lot of people have concerns that orthodontics in their adult life will be excessively expensive and, because Invisalign is the most popular option, people worry that it will cost them a small fortune. But the cost of orthodontic care in most cases is made-up of how long the treatment takes and the number of trips to the orthodontist to tighten the brace. As Invisalign does not require tightening and takes an average of 3 to 6 months to work, you may find that it is more affordable than you thought
At-home aligner kits are superior
There has been something of a surge in at-home aligner kits and while this may seem preferable, especially if you are scared or nervous about seeing your dentist, they can be problematic. This is particularly true with the customization of the aligners, as you will be required to take a mould of your teeth, which, unless you are my dentist, you will not have the training to do. So, to straighten your teeth, always visit your dentist.
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