Invisalign: Fact or Fiction

There are many different orthodontic treatments available, so it’s important to find which treatment works best for achieving your perfect smile. However, the growing use of Invisalign means a growing amount of misinformation. Lucky for you, Pioneer Orthodontics is here to help you out. Our expert office wants you to have the right information about Invisalign so you can decide if it’s the best treatment for you. Let’s take a look at a few misconceptions about Invisalign so you can separate the fact from the fiction.

Fiction: Invisalign trays are painful

Traditional braces have a reputation for being irritating and painful, and so many people believe Invisalign will be similarly uncomfortable. Metal braces use wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth, which can cause some discomfort. One of the benefits of Invisalign treatment is that it takes a different approach that does not include metal wiring or brackets.  

Fact: Invisalign trays are very comfortable

Invisalign trays are made from SmartTrack material that is flexible and customized to your unique smile. This means they are more comfortable since there are no wires or brackets. Your trays will need to be replaced every one to two weeks as directed by Dr. Cserna at Pioneer Orthodontics. When switching trays there will be some pressure as your teeth start to shift, but that will fade after a day or two. They are removable, so if there’s a problem, you don’t have to deal with irritation until you can get your treatment checked by us!

Fiction: Treatment takes longer with Invisalign

Many patients think that metal braces will straighten teeth faster than Invisalign since braces use glue and wires that attach directly to the teeth. However, that is not always true.

Fact: Treatment time with Invisalign is usually less than metal braces

Every patient takes a different amount of time to complete their orthodontic treatment. We see a wide variety of different cases at our office. Treatment with Invisalign is generally the same amount of time, or less, compared to traditional braces. Typically treatment time with traditional braces is two years or longer, while Invisalign treatment averages closer to eighteen months. Multiple factors determine the amount of time you will spend wearing aligners such as age, compliance, and orthodontic issues.

Fiction: Invisalign doesn’t work as well as braces

There are many patients who believe that since traditional braces are directly attached to the teeth, they must be more effective than Invisalign because it’s easily removable. This does seem to make sense on the surface. Despite what it may seem, this is far from the truth.

Fact: Invisalign is just as effective as metal braces

Invisalign clear aligners have undergone many advancements in orthodontic technology over the years. Clear aligners were originally used for post-treatment retention, but they are just as effective at correcting orthodontic problems as braces. When used as directed by our Dr. Cserna, you can achieve the same results as you would with traditional braces. For some patients, the results can even be superior to braces.


Fiction: Invisalign is more expensive than braces

Traditional braces have become more accessible and affordable over the years with advancements in orthodontic technology. Since Invisalign is a newer technological development, many people believe it must cost more. Lucky for you, this is not the case!

Fact: Invisalign cost is very similar to braces

Every patient’s treatment is different, so there are several variables to what your specific treatment will cost. Traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners usually cost the same. If you have dental insurance, orthodontic treatment may be covered. Our office will help verify this and work with you to create a treatment plan for your budget before we begin orthodontic treatment. 

Fiction: It’s difficult to maintain Invisalign aligners

When you think of the challenges that come with orthodontic treatment, you might think of food restrictions and trouble with brushing your teeth. You may need to make tricky adjustments when you’re brushing or flossing. All orthodontic treatments come with their own set of challenges, and there are plenty of rules to follow with metal braces, but that isn’t always the case with Invisalign. 

Fact: Invisalign is easy to maintain

Keeping your clear aligners in their best condition is actually very easy. By using the special care kit, removing them, and rinsing them with an approved solution, you’re more likely to keep your aligners in the right condition. Since you don’t have to worry about brackets or wires, you easily maintain your normal oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing. No need to worry about moving around metal pieces! As for diet restrictions, you can drink and eat whatever you want when using Invisalign. Just remove the aligner when you eat, and then rinse and put it back in once you’re done.

Invisalign: Fact or Fiction

Get your perfect smile with Pioneer Orthodontics

Your smile is in a safe place with us. At Pioneer Orthodontics in Lincoln and York, we are committed to providing you with the best experience, treatment, and information no matter your age. We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, show-stopping smile you’ve always wanted, so start your smile journey with a complimentary consultation exam today!