Orthodontic Myths Debunked: Separating Fact from Fiction

Learn the truth about orthodontics in our blog.

Whenever we get new patients, we tend to hear the same sorts of misconceptions about braces and Invisalign from them, like the cost comparison or the speed of treatment. Today, we’d love to go over a few of the common myths about orthodontic treatment so you’re better informed and able to make the right decision about your own orthodontic care!

Myth: Only adults can use Invisalign

Fact: Invisalign can be used by children, teens, and adults alike! In fact, Invisalign even has a specific type of tray designed for patients who still have baby teeth and erupting teeth.

Myth: Invisalign is always faster than braces

Fact: Braces and Invisalign work at the same speed. The results you get and how fast you get them depend on factors like how faithfully you wear your aligners.

Myth: Invisalign is significantly more expensive than braces

Fact: Invisalign and braces can both be affordable, especially when you get orthodontic treatment from an office that takes most types of insurance and offers discounts like we do. A straight, healthy smile is an investment, but Invisalign isn’t vastly more expensive than braces.

Myth: All aligners are the same

Fact: You may have seen advertisements for DIY aligners, but don’t be fooled by them. Because the process isn’t overseen by an actual orthodontist, you could be putting your teeth and oral health at risk. In addition, many of these other aligner systems simply aren’t built the same, resulting in a lower level of comfort and more noticeable visibility.

Invisalign, provided by experienced orthodontists, is the most well-known and well-regarded option for good reason! At Adirondack Orthodontics, we take it a step further: we’re an Invisalign Diamond Provider, which puts us in the top 1% of providers.

Myth: You can’t play sports when you have braces

Fact: While you do need to wear a mouth guard to protect your braces and teeth, you can still play sports with braces. Wearing a mouthguard is a great idea for many athletes regardless of whether they’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment or not.

Myth: You can’t enjoy your favorite foods during orthodontic treatment

Fact: While it’s true that traditional braces often require a diet change, Invisalign aligners have changed the game forever! Since Invisalign can be removed during meals, there is no need to change your food selection as you would with traditional braces.

We hope this blog post has been informative! If you have any further questions about braces or Invisalign or would like to schedule an appointment for yourself, feel free to give us a call. Adirondack Orthodontics proudly serves the Albany, Clifton Park, East Greenbush, Glens Falls, Latham, and Schenectady areas.

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