What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a way to straighten teeth, without bulky braces, and are virtually undetectable. They can also be removed at any time for eating, brushing, flossing, etc.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to map out the entire treatment from the initial position to the final position. There are a series of custom made clear "aligners" that are produced every 2 weeks, to move teeth incrementally until the desired position is achieved
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
- Invisalign is clear so you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
· Invisalign is removable. 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. You
also frequent the dentist chair less often getting 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.
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.
Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?
Yes specific training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide are certified to use Invisalign.
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls 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.
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Yes, the FDA has reviewed our application and in August 1998 determined that Invisalign is exempt from 510(k) pre-market notification.
What is Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express is an orthodontic treatment for mild crowding or spacing. Since it's designed for mild problems only, treatment time is generally less than six months. Ask your Invisalign certified doctor for more information on this new treatment.