Common Misconceptions About Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign clear braces offer a subtle yet effective way to correct orthodontic issues. In comparison with more traditional treatments designed to re-align teeth, Invisalign is a modern and innovative method; favoured by dentists and patients alike.

Since its invention, the Invisalign process has become one of the most common ways to shift teeth and address orthodontic issues. Despite the rapidly increasing popularity of Invisalign treatment, however, we still notice patients have many misconceptions surrounding how the process works and what it can fix.

In this guide, we’ll address some of the common misconceptions about Invisalign clear braces. This should help you make an informed decision when it comes to deciding which orthodontic treatment is right for you.

What is Invisalign?

First developed in 1999, the inventors behind Invisalign explored the concept that there had to be some way they could ‘upgrade’ traditional metal braces. Experienced with the trials and tribulations associated with wearing braces himself, Invisalign’s creator innovated using 3D printing methods after realising shaped plastic could be a potential alternative.

Invisalign is a discreet, clear plastic aligner that is placed over the teeth with a snug, custom-printed fit. Patients are advised to wear their aligners as much as possible during treatment to maximise the effectiveness of the aligners. They are easily removable, so it’s recommended you take them out and store them in their container while you eat and while drinking any fluids other than water.

Treatment can last anywhere from between 4 – 18 months, though you may start to see changes in the alignment of your teeth in just a few months! Invisalign treatment involves regular trips to your dentist, so they can examine the alignment of your teeth throughout the process. You will have your clear Invisalign braces replaced every few weeks, with slight tweaks to the printed trays each time to help gradually shift your teeth into the desired place.

Misconception: Invisalign Treatment is More Expensive than Traditional Braces

A common misconception about Invisalign is that it costs more than traditional braces do. While this can be the case for some patients with more complex orthodontic concerns, it all depends on the length of treatment and adjustments required. Pricing is often calculated on an individual basis, due to the bespoke nature of Invisalign treatment. If you require a shorter treatment time or only need minor corrections, Invisalign can be a much more cost-effective option.

Metal braces can cost anywhere between £2,500 and £4,000. Other more subtle options such as hidden braces or ceramic fixed braces are even more expensive.

The cost of Invisalign treatment at Ringway Dental starts at £1,700. This even includes our free professional teeth whitening treatment, worth £295! To help our patients manage the cost of treatment, we offer 0% interest financing options too.

Misconception: Invisalign Only Works for Minor Orthodontic Issues

It’s often believed that Invisalign is only suitable for minor orthodontic complaints. In fact, Invisalign is commonly used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues – and treatment suitability is not limited to minor cases.

Invisalign can help fix a range of orthodontic concerns, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite & underbite

Of course, the suitability of your orthodontic treatment does depend on the structure of your teeth and the eventual outcomes you expect from the process. Invisalign may not be suitable for some patients; in which case, your dentist will advise another treatment route.

Invisalign may not be suitable for:

  • Patients with poor dental health. If you need dental work doing, it’s best to get this fixed before you begin Invisalign treatment. Your dentist will examine your overall dental health during your consultation to rule out the need for any pre-existing issues.
  • Fitting certain tooth shapes and positions. Invisalign must fit snugly onto the teeth for the treatment to work. It can be tricky to manage the aligners if your teeth have unusual structural problems.
  • Larger gaps between the teeth. While Invisalign is effective, traditional braces are often better suited to help shift more major structural issues.
  • Patients with pre-existing dental work. Dental bridges and porcelain veneers can make it difficult to fit the Invisalign attachments to teeth.

Booking a consultation with a highly rated dentist that can specialise in orthodontics will help determine exactly which treatment is best suited to your needs.

Misconception: Invisalign Treatment Is Painful

Most people think any orthodontic treatments will cause pain. After all, they do involve the shifting and movement of the teeth, which sounds uncomfortable.

Invisalign treatment will likely involve some minor initial discomfort as your teeth and gums adjust to wearing the aligners. Most patients find they get used to this quite quickly, so any soreness tends to dissipate within a couple of days. Ultimately, Invisalign is considered to be one of the comfiest orthodontic treatments out there. Bespoke-made with smooth plastic, it’s designed to be gentle on the gums and cheeks – unlike metal braces.

Many Invisalign patients with prior experience wearing traditional metal braces will tell you they find Invisalign much more comfortable. Without the extended profile of metal braces that can often irritate and catch on gums, Invisalign is a noticeably more ergonomic orthodontic treatment.

Quality Invisalign Treatment with Ringway Dental

If you’re looking for Invisalign treatment in Manchester, Ringway Dental can help. With any orthodontic treatment, it’s important that you take the time to research and choose a dental practice that you’re comfortable with and trust.

At our welcoming Cheadle surgery, our dedicated team of dental professionals have extensive experience in managing Invisalign treatments. This is just one of the reasons our practice has achieved over 600 five-star google reviews! Our expertise in orthodontics allows us to offer tailored care for all our patients, combined with our access to the latest technology in ensuring your treatment leads to optimal outcomes.

Call us now on 0161 437 2029, or fill out our online contact form to request an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to Ringway Dental!

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