1. Invisalign is less effective
Unless you have severe orthodontic problems, Invisalign works just as well as traditional braces. For more serious problems, the treatment may take longer and require more expertise or attention from the orthodontist, but that’s no different from traditional braces as well.
2. Invisalign is more expensive
The severity of your orthodontic problems, length of treatment time, and complexity of the treatment affect the cost of treatment. Compared head to head, Invisalign and traditional braces actually cost about the same in most cases.
3. Invisalign can be used at any age
Invisalign can be used by both adults and teen. Although, it’s preferred that younger children whose teeth are still growing shouldn’t use Invisalign, as young children aren’t serious enough to brush their teeth several times a day, which can cause serious issues sometimes.
4. Health insurance usually doesn’t cover Invisalign
In our experience most of the insurance companies do cover this treatment, but their can always be exceptions.
5. Invisalign is faster/slower than traditional braces
Your orthodontic problems are the primary determinant of treatment length. It mainly depends on the time you wear them in a day, which means if you aren’t diligent to wear invisalign aligners for enough time (around 22 hours a day) the treatment time might increase.
There are some devices available which also speed up the process, but it is advisable to consult a dentist before using them as they might not be suitable for your problem.
6. Invisalign aligners require less attention to oral hygiene
While it’s true that the removable Invisalign aligner makes oral hygiene easier, for example, you can take the aligner out for meals, but brushing teeth after each meal to prevent film and plaque from building up under the aligner still remains important.
You must also brush the aligners thoroughly to keep them clean and prevent stains. It’s definitely easier to floss your teeth with Invisalign than with traditional braces, because you don’t have to work around wires.
From this, we conclude that just like any medical treatment Invisalign also has its own advantages and disadvantages and considering them it’s upon you to use them or not as at the end its effectiveness depends upon the amount of care taken by the patient and the seriousness with which the process is followed.