Top Invisalign Myths

1. Invisalign is only for minor tooth movement.

Invisalign can be used for more difficult cases. Since Invisalign moves teeth differently than braces do, the treatment success relies on the doctor’s understanding of the mechanics and experience. Dr. Bui is experienced in multiple treatment techniques and is able to effectively treat difficult cases, including those requiring extractions with Invisalign. She has been an Invisalign provider since 2002

2. Invisalign takes longer than braces.

Since some tooth movements are easier with Invisalign, it may take less time than braces. Only an orthodontist experienced in Invisalign and braces can make that determination.

3. It will make me talk funny.

 The aligners (“trays”) are custom fitted so there should not be any changes in speech. Some people experience a brief change in speech during the first few hours or day due to the excess saliva caused by having something new in the mouth.

4. It is not covered by insurance.

If your insurance provides orthodontic benefits, it should cover for braces or Invisalign. Your orthodontist will determine what is the best treatment option for you, not your insurance company.

5. Invisalign treatment requires appointments every 2 weeks.

The aligners are typically changed every 1-2 weeks. However, at the OrthoBee Orthodontics, we provide our patients with several sets so appointments are usually in 6-8 week intervals.

6. Invisalign is just a product so it’s the same everywhere.

Invisalign is a service, as it is a custom-made appliance, and its success depends on the treatment planning skills of the doctor. While any dentist can offer Invisalign and get aligners made by technicians without any formal training, great results require the expertise of an orthodontist experienced in Invisalign. Therefore, when comparing the cost of treatment, it is very important to consider the skill of the doctor. Ask to the doctor to show you cases he or she has treated that are similar to yours.

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