If you’ve ever considered braces, chances are that you’re at least somewhat familiar with Invisalign. Since it was first approved by the United States in 1998, 2.4 million people have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth and fix the same problems that once required braces.  With 21 years of information out there, it’s not surprising that there’s also a lot of misinformation. Here are a few things you should know before starting Invisalign treatment in Aliso Viejo,  so you know what’s real and what’s a myth!

Myth: Invisalign Is Expensive

This is one of the biggest reasons that people consider traditional braces over Invisalign: the cost is often seen as prohibitive.  In reality, the cost of Invisalign is actually less than the cost of braces. Cost is not a reason to choose traditional braces over Invisalign!

Myth: Invisalign Is Uncomfortable

If you’ve ever played sports and needed to wear a mouthpiece, you might have the idea that it’s annoying to use Invisalign because you’re putting what’s essentially a piece of plastic in your mouth to straighten your teeth. However, Invisalign is nothing like a mouthpiece. It’s molded out of very thin material that covers only the teeth.  The trays are designed to be comfortable and completely prevent the cuts on the lips and cheek that come wearing traditional braces. Plus, when you need to eat, you can take out your Invisalign and enjoy your meal without worrying about getting crumbs stuck in a wire like with traditional braces.  Brushing and flossing at home is significantly easier that brushing and flossing around metal brackets and archwires.


Myth: Invisalign Is for Adults

Actually, Invisalign can be for whoever would prefer to straighten their teeth using the newest and best tecnology available. Invisalign can be used by teenagers as well as adults. Because they are clear, Invisalign trays are considered much more cosmetic compared to traditional ortho treatment and, thus, more desireable.  If you would prefer the ease of using clear, removable straightening trays, it’s a good idea to ask about Invisalign, whether you are a teen or an adult.

Myth: Invisalign Takes Longer

Would you be surprised to learn that Invisalign can actually straighten your teeth in as little as 3 to 6 months? Believe it or not, it’s true.  If you wear your Invisalign straighteners for the recommended 22 hours a day, only taking them out at mealtimes, you’ll be able to straighten out your teeth three times faster that with regular braces!

If you’re ready to smile big with the look you have always wanted, consider a complementary Invisalign consult with a dentist that specializes in Invisalign treatmentYou will love the look and the healthy gums that comes with having straight teeth.


Dr. Turner has helped countless patients get the healthy, beautiful smile they desired. Excellent clinical work and unrivaled personal attention make Turner Dental Care the premier Cosmetic Dental Office in Aliso Viejo. Call Jenny now for a complimentary consultation at (949) 770-3294 or contact us online.