10 Common Myths About Invisalign®

10 Common Myths About Invisalign®

When it comes to achieving that perfect smile, there are various options available, but Invisalign® has revolutionized the way we straighten teeth. Despite its popularity, there are still some misconceptions surrounding this innovative treatment. In this article, we aim to debunk ten common myths about Invisalign® and provide accurate information about this transformative orthodontic solution.

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clear dental alignerMyth 1: Invisalign® Is Only for Teens

Fact: Invisalign® Is Suitable for All Ages

Invisalign® is often associated with teenagers, but the reality is that it’s a treatment suitable for patients of all ages. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, Invisalign® can effectively straighten your teeth. It offers a discreet, comfortable, and convenient alternative to traditional braces.

Myth 2: Invisalign® Is Noticeable

Fact: Invisalign® Is Virtually Invisible

One of the most significant advantages of Invisalign® is its nearly invisible nature. The aligners are made from clear, BPA-free plastic that snugly fits over your teeth, making them hardly noticeable. You can smile confidently throughout your treatment without any self-consciousness about your appearance.

Myth 3: Invisalign® Is Uncomfortable

Fact: Invisalign® Is Comfortable to Wear

Invisalign® aligners are designed with your comfort in mind. They are smooth, and there are no sharp edges to irritate your cheeks, lips, or tongue. While you may feel some mild pressure when you switch to a new set of aligners, it is far less uncomfortable than traditional braces, which often cause sore spots and discomfort.

Myth 4: Invisalign® Treatment Takes Longer Than Braces

Fact: Invisalign® Can Be Quicker Than Braces

The duration of your Invisalign® treatment largely depends on your specific case. In some cases, Invisalign® treatment can be completed in a shorter time compared to traditional braces. Furthermore, Invisalign® offers predictability in treatment times, allowing you to plan your smile transformation with more confidence.

Myth 5: Invisalign® Can’t Treat Severe Cases

Fact: Invisalign® Can Address Various Orthodontic Issues

Invisalign® has evolved over the years and can now treat many orthodontic issues. From mild to moderate and even some severe cases, Invisalign® can effectively address problems such as crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and more. The key is to consult with an experienced Invisalign® provider to determine if it’s the right solution for your specific needs.

Myth 6: Invisalign® Requires a Strict Diet

Fact: You Can Eat Whatever You Want with Invisalign®

Unlike traditional braces, which restrict your diet due to the risk of damaging brackets or wires, Invisalign® aligners are removable. This means you can eat your favorite foods without any restrictions. Remember to remove your aligners before eating and brush your teeth before putting them back in to maintain oral hygiene.

Myth 7: Invisalign® Requires Lengthy Maintenance

Fact: Invisalign® Is Low-Maintenance

Caring for your Invisalign® aligners is simple. All you need to do is rinse them with warm water and use the Invisalign® cleaning system or a gentle toothbrush to keep them clean. This low-maintenance approach makes it easier to incorporate Invisalign® into your daily routine without hassle.

Myth 8: Invisalign® Is Costlier Than Braces

Fact: Invisalign® Offers Affordable Options

The cost of Invisalign® treatment can vary depending on the complexity of your case and your location, but it’s essential to know that Invisalign® offers affordable options. Many dental offices, like Sacramento River Dental Group, provide flexible payment plans, making it easier to achieve the smile you desire without breaking the bank.

Myth 9: Invisalign® Is Not Covered by Insurance

Fact: Some Insurance Plans Cover Invisalign®

While insurance coverage varies, some dental insurance plans may cover Invisalign® treatment. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage. Additionally, our team at Sacramento River Dental Group can help you navigate insurance and payment options to make Invisalign® more accessible to you.

Myth 10: Invisalign® Results Are Not Permanent

Fact: Invisalign® Results Are Long-Lasting

The results achieved with Invisalign® are indeed long-lasting. After your treatment, you will receive retainers to maintain your newly aligned smile. If you follow your orthodontist’s instructions and wear your retainers as recommended, you can enjoy your beautiful smile for years.

a clear dental aligners on a grey surfaceQ&A Section: Your Invisalign® Questions Answered

To further dispel any doubts and concerns you may have about Invisalign®, here are some common questions and answers:

Q1: Can I Remove Invisalign® Aligners for Special Occasions?

Yes, you can remove your Invisalign® aligners for special occasions. However, it’s essential to wear them for at least 22 hours a day for effective results. Removing them occasionally should not significantly impact your treatment progress.

Q2: Is Invisalign® Suitable for Children?

Invisalign® is typically recommended for teenagers and adults. Young children may not be suitable candidates, as they may not have all their permanent teeth yet. Consult with your orthodontist to determine the best treatment option for your child.

Q3: How Do I Clean Invisalign® Aligners?

Cleaning Invisalign® aligners is easy. Rinse them with warm water and use the Invisalign® cleaning system or a toothbrush to keep them clean. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and damage the aligners.

Q4: Can I Eat and Drink with Invisalign® Aligners On?

It’s recommended to remove your Invisalign® aligners before eating and drinking anything other than water. This helps prevent staining and damage to the aligners. After consuming food or beverages, remember to brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in.

Q5: How Often Should I Change Invisalign® Aligners?

Your orthodontist will provide a specific schedule for changing your Invisalign® aligners. Typically, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks, depending on your treatment plan.


Invisalign® is a remarkable orthodontic solution that has changed how people achieve straighter teeth and a more confident smile. The ten myths we’ve debunked in this article shed light on the misconceptions that may deter you from considering Invisalign® as an option for your smile transformation. At Sacramento River Dental Group, we want to empower you with accurate information about Invisalign® so you can make an informed decision about your orthodontic journey.

If you’re interested in exploring Invisalign® treatment, please get in touch with us. Our experienced team is ready to answer your questions, provide a comprehensive evaluation, and discuss affordable options for your smile makeover. Don’t let myths keep you from achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Contact Sacramento River Dental Group today and take the first step towards a more confident, beautiful you.

Your smile is our priority, and Invisalign® can make it a reality!

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