Dr. Nayanika 

Last Modified: April 19, 2023


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  • 01.Truths and misunderstandings commonly associated with clear aligners?

Clear aligners are increasingly becoming a preferred option for people seeking to straighten their teeth because they offer an attractive, convenient, and comfortable way to achieve a beautiful smile. This treatment involves using a series of customized plastic aligners that are clear and strong to enhance tooth spacing and alignment over a specific period.

However, due to the abundance of information available online, there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about clear aligners. We aim to debunk some of the prevalent misconceptions surrounding invisible braces. By clarifying these myths, we intend to help you distinguish between reality and falsehood, giving you a better understanding of this specific teeth-straightening approach. 

What are some of the truths and misunderstandings commonly associated with clear aligners?

Myth 1: Clear Aligners are not as efficient as Traditional Metal Braces

The idea that clear aligners are less effective than traditional metal braces is a common misunderstanding that arises from the misconception that plastic aligners are unable to move teeth. This premise is incorrect because the mechanics of clear aligners and braces are fundamentally different. 

Clear aligner treatment involves using customized plastic aligners that gradually push teeth into place. It only takes a small amount of force (15-25 grams) to move a tooth, and modern-day plastics are capable of delivering this force effectively. However, it’s essential to remember that clear aligners must be worn for the recommended time, removed only when necessary for cleaning, drinking, or eating, and kept still as much as possible. Failure to follow these guidelines can make them less effective than traditional braces.

Myth 2: Invisible braces are limited to adults only

The notion that clear aligners are exclusively designed for adults is a significant fallacy. While the original intent of invisible braces was to offer adults a discreet yet efficient orthodontic treatment option, clear aligners are now also used to treat teenagers. Aligner therapy can be planned to accommodate erupting teeth. 

Myth 3: Wearing clear aligners can be uncomfortable

It is a common misconception that clear aligners are uncomfortable to wear. However, the truth is that clear aligners are specifically designed to offer maximum comfort during the teeth-straightening process. Unlike metal braces that can cause irritation and soreness to your gums, clear aligners are personalized plastic appliances that fit snugly over your teeth, providing a comfortable experience. Although you may experience some initial discomfort, you will quickly get used to wearing them, and any uneasiness will subside shortly.

Myth 4: Clear Aligners are Limited to Treating Minor Dental Issues

Many people believe that traditional metal braces are the only option for correcting major orthodontic issues. However, with advancements in technology, this is no longer true. Invisible braces have come a long way in terms of functionality and can effectively treat complex dental problems such as crowded or crooked teeth, gaps, overbites, crossbites, open bites, and overjets. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that like any treatment, there are limitations to what clear aligners can achieve.

Myth 5: Dietary Limitations While Wearing Clear Aligners

Contrary to popular belief, there are no food restrictions with clear aligners. Aligners are easy to remove, hence you can eat whatever you want. However, it’s essential to remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything except water and clean your teeth properly before putting them back in place.

Myth 6: Longer Treatment Time with Invisible Braces

You may have heard that invisible braces take longer to work, but this is not necessarily true. Clear aligners can be just as effective as traditional braces in moving teeth, depending on the dental issues being addressed. 

However, it’s important to wear them diligently for the recommended amount of time, typically 20-22 hours per day. This is because the aligners can only move teeth while they are being worn, and if an aligner is not worn for a long time each day, it may not achieve the intended movement before the next aligner is used. Therefore, the success of aligner treatment ultimately depends on the patient’s adherence to the recommended wear schedule.



Dr. Nayanika 

April 19, 2023