Myths and Facts About Invisalign

Most people probably know you can get Invisalign® aligners to straighten your teeth instead of traditional metal braces. But beyond that simple fact, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what these clear plastic aligners can do and who can use them.

At Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, Howard Spector, DDS, and our team are Invisalign specialists, so we thought we would dispel some of the myths about Invisalign and give you the facts.

What is Invisalign and what are some of the myths? 

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses clear plastic aligners. When you come to our office, we take digital images of your teeth and mouth structure. Then, based on these images and any adjustments we need to make, the Invisalign lab creates a number of aligners sets, each slightly adjusted. Then we give you your aligners, and every week or two, you switch out one set for the next one. When you take out your last set, you have the smile of your dreams.

Myth: Invisalign is only for minor cases

Invisalign can generally be used in almost any case where braces can be used. There may be other reasons to go with traditional braces instead of Invisalign, but don’t skip out on Invisalign because you think they may not be up to the job. Invisalign is a full-service treatment. With more than 8 million patients treated, Invisalign has proven itself over and over again.

Myth: Invisalign costs more than braces

It’s a myth that you’ll spend more on Invisalign than you would on traditional braces. In fact, Invisalign and braces cost about the same in most cases. Invisalign is also covered by many insurance companies and is also qualified for Health Savings Account dollars, just the same as traditional braces.

Myth: You’ll get the same results with any provider

Many people think that Invisalign aligners are just produced by a computer program. However, their true value becomes apparent only in the hands of a skilled provider who understands exactly how teeth move and when the computer model needs to be adjusted to fit a real-life situation. Invisalign is a great tool, but it’s still a tool. You want an orthodontist, such as Dr. Spector, who has practical experience and a deep understanding of aligning teeth.

Myth: You can wear your aligners whenever you want

You probably know that one of the advantages of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners when you eat or if you have a special occasion. This does not, however, mean that you can take them out whenever you feel like it.

To get the best results, we recommend that you wear your aligners 22 hours a day, every day. If you wear them less than this amount of time, you won’t see the progress that’s necessary to straighten your teeth.

Myth: Invisalign works at any age

Invisalign is not recommended for kids whose teeth and mouth are still growing. We do, however, recommend the treatment for teenagers and adults. Don’t tell anyone, but teens are usually better patients — they follow directions better!

To learn more about Invisalign and to see if these clear aligners could help you or your child, book an appointment over the phone with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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