When it comes to dental care there are a few misconceptions overall. Never has this been more prevalent than in the use of invisible or clear aligners like Invisalign London. So, what are some of the most common misconceptions about this treatment?
Misconceptions about invisible aligners
They don’t work
You may have read online that invisible aligners do not work but their popularity points to this not being the case. It is true that for some people, invisible aligners will not work but these people tend to have more severe cases of dental misalignment.
They may also be suffering from molar misalignment or even protrusion. In which case, they would be more suited for a fitted brace. But if your dentist deems that you are suitable for treatment with clear aligners, then they will work for you, provided that you stick to the treatment plan.
You have to wear them all the time
Many people believe that for these aligners to work, they need to be worn 24 hours a day. And, depending on the severity of the misalignment being corrected, that may be the case. But you should only do this under the advice of your dentist.
Most patients, only need to wear their aligners for 22 hours per day. You will need to adhere to this strictly, as not doing so can cause the aligners to cease working and for your teeth to revert back to their previous positions.
They can correct any misalignment
Unfortunately, no, clear aligners cannot correct any misalignment. As mentioned earlier, there are instances that may involve molar teeth, protrusions, extreme spacing, or bite issues that would need a fitted orthodontic tool to resolve.
Invisible aligners have come leaps and bounds in recent years in what they can treat and now they are being used for more complex cases of dental misalignment. But only your dentist will be able to determine if you are suitable or not.
They have an upper age limit
It is a common misconception that only young people can undertake orthodontic treatment, but this is not the case. Teeth, even adult teeth, are in constant motion and are held in place by tendons in the jaw. So, as long as you have teeth, you can undertake orthodontic treatment.
There is no upper age limit for using invisible aligners, but you need to have good overall oral health. Any cavities or gum disease will need to be treated before you undertake any orthodontic tool.
Invisible aligners are not currently available to children, but this is due to potential adherence issues with the prescribed treatment time each day.
They are expensive
Undertaking orthodontic care in adult life is likely to cost a bit of money. And this can be a substantial investment in yourself. But the majority of aligner providers are aware of this and can offer financing options or dental plans to help you pay for your treatment in monthly installments. But this is subject to suitability.
The overall cost of invisible aligners will depend on the length of time that the aligners are worn, and the number of trips required to visit your dentist whilst using them.