This is the invisible way to straighten your teeth using a series of custom- made aligners. So whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart, or have shifted since wearing braces, you’ll have a new reason to smile.
What is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the finaldesired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by Dr. Lucian Vatafu, based on your specific needs.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, so they are often called “invisible braces”, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign invisible braces system that could cause irritation to your mouth. And since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
And finally, Invisalign invisible braces allow you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
Make an appointment and you will have a complete evaluation of your case. After we determine that Invisalign is the proper treatment for you a computer simulated treatment plan will be available to be reviewed along with your doctor.
How will Invisalign invisible braces effectively move my teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.
What are Invisalign aligners made of, and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible Invisalign aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.
How old is the Invisalign company?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign invisible braces, was founded in 1997.
How old is the technology behind Invisalign invisible braces?
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. Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customized clear appliances, or aligners. Each Invisalign aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign invisible braces?
More than 500,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign invisible braces. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign invisible braces?
Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc.has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign invisible braces system.
Is Invisalign available outside the United States?
At this time, Invisalign invisible braces are marketed in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, and Thailand.