Common Myths about Braces and Invisalign Debunked

Although braces and Invisalign are relatively well-known today, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. It’s crucial to get the facts straight as they can often discourage people from seeking the orthodontic care they need, leading to potential long-term dental problems. Let’s separate fact from fiction and focus on learning accurate information about braces and Invisalign, so you can make informed decisions about your orthodontic care.

Common Myths

Myth 1: Braces and Invisalign are only for cosmetic purposes

Many people believe that orthodontic treatment is all about aesthetics and is purely superficial with no impact on oral health. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, orthodontic treatment can improve oral health by correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. When your teeth are properly aligned, they are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. A corrected bite can even go as far as to alleviate strain on the jaw muscles and joints, preventing issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). The belief that orthodontic treatment only has cosmetic benefits is false as effective treatment can indeed make a difference to a person’s oral health and daily life.

Myth 2: The process of getting braces or Invisalign is painful

The process of getting braces or Invisalign might feel a little uncomfortable at first when it’s being fitted or adjusted. However, thanks to technological advancements today, these orthodontic treatments only apply a small amount of discomfort or pressure. This discomfort is nowhere near the unbearable pain that most people are expecting.

Myth 3: Braces and Invisalign are only for children and teenagers

This myth is rooted in the belief that once an individual has all their adult teeth, they are impossible to move or adjust. This is incorrect, as it’s certainly possible for adult teeth to be moved or adjusted. What is important is that the patient has healthy teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure to make the treatment viable.

Myth 4: Treatment is long and takes several years

This myth is likely rooted in outdated notions of orthodontic treatment and can discourage people from seeking the care they need due to concerns about the time commitment involved.
While some complex cases may need longer treatment periods, you’ll find that most treatments do not take several years. In most cases, minor to moderate misalignment can usually be corrected in a much shorter time, sometimes in as little as 6 to 12 months. Even more complex cases rarely extend beyond 24 months of active treatment.

Myth 5: Braces and Invisalign require a complete change in diet

Many people have the misconception that getting braces or Invisalign means they have to give up their favorite foods. Because of this, they believe that orthodontic treatment will cause a dreadful shift in their daily lives, with the inconveniences outweighing the benefits.

Thankfully, this is untrue. You will have to make some minor changes to your diet, but these changes are certainly less stringent than most people believe. If you get braces, avoid hard or sticky foods that may damage the brackets and wires. However, that’s about it. Most other foods can still be enjoyed with minor adjustments, such as slicing fruits into smaller pieces.

Invisalign allows for a more flexible diet compared to braces. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can take them out for meals and snacks, allowing them to eat virtually any food they would normally enjoy without restrictions.

Don’t Let Misconceptions Hold You Back From Achieving the Smile You Deserve

Braces and Invisalign have already helped millions around the world achieve their orthodontic goals and better oral health. Don’t let myths stop you from getting the help you need. By debunking these common myths, we hope to provide a clearer understanding of the realities of braces and Invisalign. Take the first step towards achieving the smile you want by calling us and scheduling an appointment today!

Author: Dr. Alan Wong
Dr. Alan Wong is a dedicated orthodontist who loves helping his patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. He is committed to providing gentle, effective care in a patient-centered environment. Dr. Wong is also a strong believer in continuing education, so he can provide his patients with the latest and greatest treatment options.