What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces.Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straightenteeth, without metal or wires.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the completetreatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position fromwhich a series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced. Each “aligner”moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then is replaced bythe next in the series until the final position is achieved.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
- Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyoneknowing.
- Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what youwant during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintaingood oral hygiene.
- Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as withbraces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend lesstime in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
- Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before youstart so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatmentis complete.
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtuallyinvisible when worn.
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but arecustom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists havereferred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances forlimited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custommanufacturing, Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with greaterprecision.
How old is the company?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was foundedin 1997. Since then, Align has manufactured over 10 million aligners and 250,000patients have received treatment.
How old is this technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day modern technology wouldenable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds ofmovements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology has madethis vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align craftedInvisalign®, a series of customized clear appliances called “aligners.” Eachaligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movementsin both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
Worldwide, almost 250,000 patients have been treated with Invisalign. Thenumber grows daily.
Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy,specific training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested intreating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will beaccepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwideare certified to use Invisalign.
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeththrough appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principaldifference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls thetiming of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowedto move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment planfor 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 thatInvisalign is exempt from 510(k) pre-market notification.
What is Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express is an orthodontic treatment designed tocorrect mild orthodontic problems such as minor crowding and spacing. Since it’sdesigned for mild problems only, treatment time is generally less than sixmonths. If you live in or around New York and are considering Invisaligntreatment, call us today!
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