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Orthodontist Busts 4 Common Invisalign Myths

Orthodontic treatment is high in demand, especially when it comes to teeth straightening. Most people are familiar with standard metal braces and brackets. However, a popular and effective alternative is Invisalign treatment that uses a clear plastic aligner instead of metal braces. Recently there has been false information and rumors floating around that are confusing. Today, Dr. Jacquie Smiles, an NYC Orthodontist, busts four common Invisalign Myths. 

  1. Invisalign Doesn’t Straighten Teeth that are Severely Crooked

This rumor has been around since Invisalign was first revealed to the public. Invisalign is a tooth straightening treatment that is designed to gradually guide teeth into place. The customized program is designed to meet the needs of the individual. Most people are ideal patients for Invisalign while others might need other dental treatment before starting the program or be better suited for alternative treatment. 

Invisalign treatment is known to produce results faster compared to metal braces. The average treatment length for Invisalign is 6 to 18 months compared to the standard metal braces timeline of two years. 

  1. Adults Can Only Wear Invisalign

Invisalign is an effective and beneficial tooth straightening treatment for adults of all ages. However, Invisalign also offers children a treatment program that helps straighten tooth misalignment and prevents a pre-existing bite from becoming worse. Also, it’s ideal for teens and is considered an excellent alternative to standard metal braces. 

  1. DIY Aligners are Just as Effective as Invisalign

Everyone has seen the commercials about remote aligners that don’t require the patient to visit the dentist. These DIY options often place the responsibility of conducting teeth molds into the hands of consumers. This means you are standing in your bathroom creating your own teeth molds and mailing them to the company. A remote dentist, some are not even in the same country, reviews the molds and mails the treatment plan. 

One of the main issues with DIY aligners is the lack of professional help that often leads to a visit to a dentist’s office to correct the damage caused by DIY aligners. 

  1. All Aligners are the Same

False. Research has revealed that other aligner treatments are less effective compared to Invisalign. The Invisalign treatment has been around for more than 20 years and has been the subject of 400 scientific papers proving its effectiveness. Other aligners and DIY companies have barely been involved in any scientific studies if any at all which means there’s no evidence other aligners are better than Invisalign. 

Invisalign treatment remains the most popular and effective clear aligner program in the United States. Ideal patients are those with a crossbite, underbite, overbite, gapped teeth, and crowded teeth. Invisalign treatment begins in the dentist’s office and requires a  follow-up appointments to ensure the plan is going as expected. The luxury of being under the care of a professional orthodontist ensures proper treatment, a customized plan, follow-up appointments, and faster results. 

Are you ready to begin Invisalign treatment? 


Please contact Dr. Jacquie Smiles today to learn more about Invisalign clear aligners and orthodontic treatments in Monroe, NY. Please call 845-782-4288 or fill out the contact form to receive more information. Our office is conveniently located near 70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202 Monroe, NY 10950.