Invisalign

Invisalign

Virtually invisible and Innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth

The Invisalign system

With SmartForce Technology, the Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made removable aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to maintain your lifestyle during treatment.

How does the Invisalign treatment work?

Once you and your Invisalign-trained doctor agree that Invisalign treatment is right for you, your doctor will take photos, X-rays, and either impressions or a scan of your teeth. These records will be used to make a 3D treatment plan, referred to as the ClinCheck treatment plan, which will be used to design the custom-made Invisalign aligners. This 3D treatment plan will also show your likely final tooth position at the end of the treatment. Your custom-made Invisalign aligners will be produced and then shipped to your doctor, who will then give you a series of aligners, typically 3 to 4 sets at a time. You will replace each one approximately every 2 weeks until the final position of your teeth is reached. Get the full details of the treatment plan.

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What do Invisalign aligners look like?

Invisalign aligners look similar to clear retainers, teeth-whitening trays, or gum shields. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and each aligner will contain the patient identification number (PID number) and the Invisalign logo.

Who makes Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners are designed, manufactured and marketed by Align Technology, Inc. Align Technology was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices worldwide and manufacturing operation unit in Juarez, Mexico. The Invisalign system is offered directly by Align Technology in more than 100 countries.

How old is Invisalign technology?

Invisalign clear aligner technology began as a vision in 1945 with their first treatment. In 1999, Align Technology pioneered the invisible orthodontic market with the introduction of the Invisalign system. By 2001, 1 million clear aligners had been manufactured. By combining digital treatment planning, including 3D technology, and mass-customisation, Invisalign treatment transformed the orthodontic industry. In 2018 over 5.5 million patients have started Invisalign treatment.

What else does the manufacturer of Invisalign aligners make?

Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign aligners, is a global medical device company. They provide industry-leading innovative products such as Invisalign aligners, iTero intraoral scanners, and OrthoCAD digital services that help dental professionals achieve the clinical results they expect, as well as providing effective, leading-edge dental options to patients.

What are the advantages of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign aligners are an effective way to straighten teeth. There are also several other specific advantages to Invisalign treatment

Virtually invisible: Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to braces, giving you a virtually invisible treatment option that lets you keep your confidence, beautiful smile, and lifestyle even when you are in treatment

More Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are comfortable, with no metal brackets to irritate your gums or the inside of your mouth.

Maintain oral hygiene: Invisalign aligners are removable, so it’s easier to clean your teeth and maintain your oral health during treatment.

Potentially fewer doctor visits: Invisalign treatment typically requires fewer doctor visits than fixed braces.

Visualise the progressive movement: Invisalign Treatment allows you to visualise each stage of the treatment process, from the beginning to the end. Also, some patients may require additional steps like refinement, to complete the treatment.

How long will treatment take?

The length of your treatment will depend on your specific needs and will be determined by your Invisalign-trained doctor. The average treatment for an adult is about 12 to 18 months and for teenagers, treatment length may vary depending on each individual case and will need to be determined by the doctor.

Do I need to wear my aligners all day?

You should wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day during your treatment for best results and a timely outcome.

How often do I need to see my doctor during Invisalign treatment?

You will visit your Invisalign-trained doctor for a check-up approximately every 6-8 weeks to see how your treatment is progressing. During your check-ups, your Invisalign-trained doctor will check that the aligners are fitting well and make any adjustments if necessary.

Can I drink hot or cold beverages while wearing my aligners?

Except for cool water, we recommend that you don’t drink while wearing the aligners. This is to avoid cavities and stains forming on your teeth, or warping your aligners with hot beverages.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

While Invisalign treatment may move your teeth without the pain and anxiety of other straightening methods, some people might experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s a sign that the Invisalign aligners are sequentially moving your teeth to their final positions. This discomfort usually goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.

Are the aligners really invisible?

Aligners are virtually invisible and discreet, so most people will not even notice that you’re wearing them.

 
 

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

While Invisalign treatment may move your teeth without the pain and anxiety of other straightening methods, some people might experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s a sign that the Invisalign aligners are sequentially moving your teeth to their final positions. This discomfort usually goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.

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What factors should I consider in choosing treatment?

Factors to consider in choosing the most appropriate treatment include

Effectiveness: How the chosen treatment will make your teeth look once treatment is over.

The doctor performing the treatment: Specifically, finding a doctor who is skilled and trained in your preferred treatment approach and whom you’re comfortable with.

The cost of the treatment: Including the total cost of the treatment, and also the potential cost of consultations and retention, and the personal cost of having a visible treatment in terms of confidence and lifestyle effects.

Duration: The duration of treatment and frequency of doctor visits, including that of the initial treatment and any retention.

Comfort of treatment: Including whether the device can irritate your gums or the inside of your mouth.

Convenience: including whether the device can be removed to help you maintain your oral health during treatment.

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