3 Oct 2016
Invisalign (pictured on the right) claims to be a clear and better alternative to braces (pictured on the left) but this is not true
In 2015 I tried Invisalign via unethical, financially greedy, untrustworthy, dishonest dentist, Valeria Soltanik of Miami, Florida and found it to be a terrible product. I do not advise the public to try Invisalign or use Valeria Soltanik’s dental services. She is not a good dentist. I have sat in her dental office and heard as she shook down other clients for money and it was disgraceful.
I’ve also heard another patient screaming in pain in an adjoining room and wondered why she did not properly sedate the elderly woman for the procedure.In a separate incident, she also did dental work for my mother and did such an extremely poor and terrible job that another dentist not affiliated with Valeria Soltanik had to correct it.
Invisalign is painful, uncomfortable, puts pressure on your head, is less effective than traditional braces and worst of all, dangerous. I was also overcharged in the process by Valeria Soltanik. A few facts about Invisalign that you need to know:
One can develop a life threatening abscess using Invisalign. This has occurred. Invisalign so irritates the gums and any preexisting dental issues that it can lead to an abscess, which is nothing to play with, as people have died from them. An abscess requires immediate medical intervention (antibiotics).
Upon further review of Invisalign after my bad experience, I discovered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a recorded case of death that occurred due to a person using Invisalign.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also received other serious complaints from consumers regarding Invisalign.
Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Invisalign’s CEO, Thomas Prescott, an official letter regarding the company’s violations of U.S. law in “misbranding” their products under Section 502 (t) (2) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. 352, among other violations.
Invisalign is the allegedly clear alternative to braces but this is not true. The product has attachments and also stains requiring constant maintenance.
Invisalign and dentists who pitch their products to patients are actively participating in false advertising in violation of state statutes all over America. The Invisalign commercials falsely presents the product as clear tray aligners you can put on and take off whenever you wish. However, this is false advertising.
What they do not tell you is their product requires ugly, unflattering cement “attachments” that visibly protrude from your teeth like non-symmetrical nodules. It’s like having visible spheres or spikes sticking out from your teeth. They do not tell you about it until after you pay for your treatment and moments before they give you the Invisalign product. It takes approximately one hour for the dental technician to cement the attachments to your teeth and it is a tiresome process.
The ugly “attachments” are affixed to your teeth using UV light and a bonding adhesive made of dental cement. It is highly visible and ugly. The attachments are rough, uncomfortable and can bruise your tongue. Much like the Invisalign clear aligners will painfully bruise and potentially cut your tongue. The bruising and cuts will occur until you train your tongue to avoid resting against the sharper edge of the Invisalign product in your mouth.
Miami’s Valeria Soltanik is not a good dentist
The first week of wearing Invisalign was horrible. I could barely sleep and my tongue was so bruised and had a few small cuts from it. Invisalign can and has bruised and cut people’s tongues and gums, making them susceptible to infection. People have reported having to take painkillers every two weeks when you are required to change to a new Invisalign aligner tray.
One of my friends also tried Invisalign and did not get great results. She stated at times her teeth felt loose and like they were moving. She also stated after the treatment time, she needed a refinement. My friend was frustrated and annoyed with the product as well.
Invisalign can and has broken people’s teeth.
Invisalign can and has moved people’s teeth out of correct and proper alignment from wisdom teeth to detrimental results.
Invisalign can and has twisted people’s teeth in the wrong direction, turning them sideways instead of forward.
Invisalign can and has lifted people’s teeth upward, creating an unflattering “snaggle tooth” effect.
Here are a few pictures I found online of the attachments Invisalign does not include in their false advertising commercials:
From the Invisalign Teeth blog illustrating how the Invisalign attachments look (without the aligner on) when they inevitably stain from eating food. A dental expert familiar with Invisalign has to clean it lest they scrape off the attachments that take an hour to cement into your mouth.
Photo from the Alignment Chronicle illustrating the real way Invisalign looks, unlike the commercials on TV
Photos from the No Braces blog illustrating the Invisalign attachments and aligner over your teeth when they are first placed in your mouth.
Invisalign cannot fix the twisted teeth and “snaggle tooth” effect it unflatteringly creates as some teeth try to come out, but dentists offer patients “refinements” promising to correct the damage, but it does not. I’ve read cases regarding Invisalign users being given 1-3 refinements that go on for months, sometimes years and the problem still is not corrected, resulting in litigation.
When dentists remove Invisalign, they are required to use a sanding instrument to remove cement “attachments” they don’t tell you about until moments before they affix them to your teeth at the beginning of treatment (which once again is false advertising as Invisalign is marketed and advertised as a clear product).
This sanding apparatus removes the “attachments” but in some cases can also sand off some of your teeth’s natural enamel, leaving them feeling like sandpaper.
After Invisalign messes up your teeth in various ways, you will need an orthodontic specialist to assess and attempt to correct the damage with traditional braces. You will also have to wear a retainer every night for the rest of your life to stop your teeth from moving back to where they were prior to dental treatment (this goes for traditional braces as well).
I do not recommend Invisalign. You are better off going with traditional braces, which are also 60-70% cheaper than Invisalign’s $5,000 to $5,500 price tag and you will get better results. There are also ceramic braces that are not as visible as the metal type. I’ve seen people wearing ceramic braces that look nice and are discreet.