Debunking 3 Common Myths About Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are transparent molds used to correct teeth misalignments. Unlike braces, clear aligners provide various benefits, such as the ability to remove them when eating. As a result, when you opt for clear aligners, there is no restriction on what you can eat. 

Many people with teeth misalignments shy away from clear aligners due to various misconceptions. However, most of the misconceptions about clear aligners are untrue. 

Here are the facts behind three of the most common misconceptions about clear aligners. 

1. Clear Aligners Are More Expensive Than Braces 

The cost of teeth misalignment treatments is always a significant concern for most people. As a result, many people shy away from clear aligners due to the misconception that they cost more than braces.

When clear aligners were first introduced, they used to cost more than braces. But, due to the rapid adoption of clear aligners, their prices have significantly dropped. Currently, clear aligners cost between $1,200 and $8,000. On the other hand, other types of braces cost between $3,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of braces you get.

Clear aligners are a more affordable option than other braces. 

2. Dental Insurance Doesn't Cover Clear Aligners 

The cost of teeth misalignment treatments can add up to a few thousand dollars. As a result, most people opt to use their dental insurance to cover the expenses. There is a misconception that dental insurance does not cover clear aligners. 

Dental insurance covers most dental treatments that are not categorized under cosmetic dentistry. Teeth misalignments are severe dental issues, and thus, their treatments are not a part of cosmetic dentistry. Hence, your dental insurance should cover clear aligners. 

However, some dental insurance policies do not include clear aligners. So, if you plan on getting clear aligners, check if your dental insurance covers them. 

3. Clear Aligners Take Longer Than Braces

Most people with teeth misalignment want to have the shortest treatment period possible. But, the treatment period usually depends on the severity of the teeth misalignment. 

In most cases, clear aligners should fix misaligned teeth in less time than braces. However, clear aligners are removable. Most patients forget to wear clear aligners once they remove them. Failing to wear your clear aligners for the recommended periods makes them work much slower. As a result, the treatment period gets extended by a few months. 

Thus, the misconception that clear aligners take longer than braces comes from patients failing to wear their clear aligners as recommended. But, if you follow the guidelines on how long you should wear the clear aligners every day, they should fix your misalignment in less time than braces. 

For more information on clear aligners, contact a professional near you.