Clear aligners have completely transformed orthodontic treatment, providing a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces.

Despite their growing popularity and success, there are still a few misconceptions and myths surrounding clear aligners that can make patients question whether they’re the best treatment option.

In this article, we'll be debunking 5 myths about clear aligners to help separate the fact from the fiction.

Myth #1: Clear aligners are only suitable for simple cases

One of the most common myths surrounding clear aligners is that they are only suitable for minor misalignments. In the past, there was some truth to this, but thanks to recent innovations they are more capable than ever.

In the hands of an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Jackie Bracken, clear aligners like the Invisalign system can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including complex bite problems. Nearly all our patients are suitable for clear aligners and achieve exceptional results.

Myth #2: Clear aligners are uncomfortable to wear

Another myth about clear aligners is that they are uncomfortable to wear. While you might experience some initial discomfort, this is true of any type of brace and it’s a sign that your teeth are starting to straighten.

When you first start wearing your aligners or switch to a new set, you might feel some achiness or pressure, but it should only last for a day or two. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners don’t have any wires or brackets that could irritate your mouth. Each aligner is custom-made for a perfect fit.

Myth #3: Clear aligners are slower than traditional braces

Contrary to popular belief, clear aligners can sometimes straighten teeth faster than traditional braces. Typically, fixed braces and aligners take the same amount of time to transform your smile.

The length of your treatment will depend on how complex your case is. We’ll be able to give you an estimated treatment time at your initial consultation. You’ll see your smile improving in just a few months, and the end result will be more than worth the wait.

Myth #4: Clear aligners are expensive

Many people believe that clear aligners are more expensive than traditional braces, but this isn’t always the case. At Orthodontics by Jackie, we charge the same fixed fee for fixed braces and aligners.

We have several different ways you can pay for your braces, including interest-free and no-deposit options. If you’re comparing costs for braces, it’s important to look at everything that’s included, for example, retainers and aftercare.

Myth #5: Clear aligners are less effective than fixed braces

Some people worry that aligners won’t give them the same result as fixed braces. Like any brace system, clear aligners are only as good as the provider. Dr. Jackie Bracken is a specialist orthodontist with a wealth of experience in treating patients with fixed braces and clear aligners.

If you follow our advice for wearing and caring for your aligners, you can expect an incredible outcome.

We hope this helps to demystify clear aligners and encourages you to explore this fantastic treatment option. With specialist care and treatment planning, clear aligners can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Contact us to arrange a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Jackie Bracken.