What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the convenient and discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. This treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires.
How does Invisalign work?
Through 3-D imaging software, the treatment plan is displayed from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced. Each “aligner” moves teeth gradually and is worn for approximately two weeks, then is replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved. Should you be curious, feel free to view more details on how it works.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
- Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
- Invisalign is the future. It allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Removable appliances have been used to treat cases of misaligned teeth for decades. Today, orthodontists and dentists are discovering the benefits that computer technology brings to the field. This has been influential in allowing Invisalign to treat a broader range of cases with greater precision.
How old is the company?
It is manufactured by Align Technology, Inc., this company was founded in 1997. Since then, Align has manufactured over 10 million aligners and 250,000 patients have received treatment.
How old is this technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling believed that advancements in technology can lead to the development of a series of tooth positioners that produce the kinds of movement required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. This dream has since become closer to reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align crafted Invisalign®, a series of customized clear appliances called “aligners.” Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce broad tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
Worldwide, almost 250,000 patients have been treated with this revolutionary product. The number grows daily.
Do doctors need special training in order to use it?
While it can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific training is required. All orthodontists and dentists must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide are certified to provide this treatment.
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Similar to how braces are anchored by brackets and arch wires, the aligners move teeth through the application of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that it not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only specific teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Under an August 1998 review, the FDA has determined it is exempt from 510(k) pre-market notification.
What is Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express is an orthodontic treatment designed to correct mild orthodontic problems such as minor crowding and spacing. Since it’s designed for mild problems only, treatment time is generally less than six months. If you live in or around Glenview and are considering Invisalign treatment, call us today!