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You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

Common Misconceptions About Invisible Aligners

Sofia Curtis

Invisible aligners are more popular than ever for their lack of impact on a person's appearance while they're having their teeth straightened. But you might still be cautious and have your concerns. If you've come across one of these misconceptions, you have a good reason to be worried, but rest assured — that's all they are: misconceptions. Here's what you should know about this misinformation.

You Have to Change Your Eating Habits

Standard braces do require you to change your eating habits, which may be where this rumor came from. With standard braces, eating certain things like nuts and sticky food can potentially cause damage to the brackets or wires, which is why it's strongly recommended that you not eat these things while wearing braces. However, that doesn't affect invisible aligners at all.

The only change you'll experience while eating with invisible aligners is that you'll need to pop them off while you eat. That's literally it; you can consume anything while you're undergoing invisible aligners treatment because they're taken off to eat.

They're Hard to Care For

This rumor may have also originated with traditional braces. Traditional braces can be difficult to keep clean — they require special time and care to get everything out from under the wires, around the brackets, and from between your teeth (which are covered by brackets and wires) But none of this is the case with invisible aligners.

When you get invisible aligners, this is what you can expect to clean them: you have to brush them. That's basically it. Think of them as an extra set of teeth. A good scrubbing with your toothbrush after you've brushed your teeth is all you need to do. 

They're Expensive

Lastly, there's the misconception that invisible aligners are too expensive. While that may have once been the case, invisible aligners have been around for a while now and the technology utilized to make them has improved. invisible aligners can now be made at a high speed, which keeps the price down for you. You can expect your invisible aligners to be affordable, and if necessary, many dentists offer payment plans to bring the price down even further.

Invisible aligners aren't impacted by any of these misconceptions. If these qualms are the only thing that has been holding you back from getting a pair, then put them behind you. It's time for you to have that straight smile you've been dreaming of.

For more information about invisible aligners such as Invisalign, contact a local dentist.