When you have been given the green light for adult orthodontics it can be an exciting time. More so if you are beginning treatment with invisible aligners! Who wouldn’t want to get a straighter smile without using metal braces?
But, as invisible aligners have grown in popularity, there have been more rumours and mistruths floating around online about these orthodontic options. And while it can sometimes be easy to spot an obvious mistruth about invisible aligners (like they don’t work and are a waste of money), if you are a newcomer to the world of adult orthodontics, it can be tricky.
At Archway Dental Surgery, we know how these myths can deter people from seeking the straighter smile they deserve and we are here to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding Invisalign in Cornwall. We have extensive experience of using this aligner with our patients, and know enough about its function to spot an untruth when we see one!
So, what are some of the most common myths that surround Invisalign in Cornwall? Read on to find out!
You can’t take the aligner out
When you use Invisalign in Cornwall, it is recommended that you wear the aligner for 22 hours per day, so it can realign your teeth. But, there is a 2 hour period during which you can remove the aligners to eat, drink and even brush your teeth.
Just be sure that you put it back in afterwards!
The aligner is uncomfortable
OK, it is worth considering when you visit our team for any orthodontic treatment that the aligner or brace that is used is going to move your teeth. And that is likely to cause a bit of discomfort.
However, the everyday wear of this invisible aligner is more bearable than many patients are aware, and thus it can come as quite a surprise. You can even sleep with it in your mouth without issue!
If you do however notice some discomfort while wearing this aligner, please take over-the-counter pain relief. If this does not work, or the pain becomes unmanageable, please contact our team.
The aligners don’t fit well
Towards the end of the 2 weeks that you are required to wear each aligner for, they may start to feel loose and wobbly. This is normal.
Before this, the aligner should fit comfortably and simply slot over your teeth.
The aligners stain and become visible
The aligners can stain but if you look after them correctly, such as rinsing them under the cold tap to clean them and removing any debris with a soft-bristled toothbrush, then they should stay stain-free and remain discreet.
Remember, each aligner is only worn for 2 weeks, so you won’t have to tolerate any stains that are stubborn for long.
It takes longer than using regular braces
Actually, on average, it doesn’t.
With invisible aligners, the average treatment time takes between 3-6 months, whereas, with regular orthodontic braces, it can take up to 36 months with complex cases.