Invisalign Smile Alignment Myths To Know As An Adult

Issues with your bite or the alignment of your teeth can lead to a host of issues. While many individuals get orthodontic care during adolescence, this is not always the case. If you are an adult that needs orthodontic treatment, the topic of Invisalign or another treatment using clear aligners may come up. This innovative form of smile alignment treatment is less conspicuous than traditional metal braces, but can be just as effective. Yet, there are quite a few myths associated with Invisalign treatment for adults. 

Myth: Invisalign takes much longer for adults than it does for adolescents

Treatment duration is roughly the same for adults and younger individuals with any type of clear alignment orthodontic treatment. It is a common misconception that adult teeth are somehow more permanently fixed in place and harder to move, but that is not the case. 

Myth: You can't wear clear aligners for orthodontic treatment if you have crowns

You can absolutely opt for clear aligners for smile alignment if you have dental crowns. As long as your crowns are in good condition, the aligners will move those teeth just the same as any other teeth that do not have a crown. However, if you have a bridge in place, this may have to be removed during treatment because the movement of the anchoring teeth may cause the bridge to shift. 

Myth: Invisalign heightens your risks of developing gum disease

When worn properly and cleaned as directed, clear aligners will not heighten your risks of plaque accumulation or gum disease. You do not wear the aligners while you eat. Therefore, simply make it a habit to clean your teeth thoroughly after a meal and before reinstalling your aligner. This myth stems from the fact that adults are at a greater risk of periodontal disease than children. However, your treatment should not cause any further concerns. 

Myth: Clear aligners will only provide a temporary change to your smile as an adult

Clear aligner smile alignment does not simply move your teeth into a new position for a limited amount of time. Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, the changes to your smile are considered permanent. Some adults (and children) do have to wear a retainer for a set number of hours per day to prevent mild shifting. But this is something that can occur after any type of orthodontic treatment and at any age.

Reach out to a dentist to learn more about Invisalign and other clear aligners.