What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a product produced by a California based company called Align Technology. Align Technology was founded in 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign® in 1998. The Invisalign® System is a technologically advanced esthetic approach to treating malocclusions or bad bites. It uses three dimensional graphic imaging and CAD/CAM technology to create a virtual model of the patient’s teeth. With special software, this model is then manipulated by your orthodontist to form an ideal bite.
There are many stages to go through to get from a bad bite to a good bite. In between, the teeth will be at different positions until they reach their final stage. From each of the virtual model’s stages, Align Technology creates an aligner, a clear, nearly invisible appliance that gently moves teeth to the desired final position.
How long does Invisalign® take?
Each aligner is worn for two weeks and then changed to the new aligner. Typically the treatment will take 5-12 months. However, this will vary based on your bite.
Is Invisalign® better than braces?
As I have emphasized in previous articles, there is no one orthodontic system that is the best for all patients. Your orthodontist must determine if Invisalign® will be best for you. I have been using and studying the Invisalign® system for over ten years and I can tell you if it is right for you. Invisalign® does, however, have many benefits over braces: They are easy to use and hard to break. You can remove them for special occasions, for cleaning your teeth, or to eat some of your favorite foods that you can’t eat with braces. Of course the best part is that they are invisible! Invisalign® recently came out with a new material called Smart Track which is faster and even more comfortable than the previous material.
So how do I know if I am a candidate?
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