For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for treating crooked teeth. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign® treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. It uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth gradually without metal or wires. A series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced by using 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position. Each “aligner” moves teeth incrementally, is worn for about two weeks, and then is replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.
Primary Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is clear, which means that you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is removable. Therefore, you can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. Invisalign is comfortable, as there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, as there are with braces. This also results in less time spent in the doctor’s chair for comfort adjustments.
Invisalign 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.
Effectiveness of Invisalign
Like what brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign controls not only the force but also the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain 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.
What to Expect with Aligners
Aligners are made of clear, strong, medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Aligners look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but they are custom-made for a better fit. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
History of Invisalign
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day, modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Using advanced computer technology, Align crafted Invisalign, a series of customized clear appliances called “aligners.” Worldwide, almost 250,000 patients have been treated with Invisalign, and the number grows daily.
Invisalign Express is an orthodontic treatment designed to correct mild orthodontic problems such as minor crowding and spacing. Treatment takes less than six months. If you live in or around Barrington and are considering Invisalign treatment, contact us today.