Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. The Invisalign System uses a combination of 3-D virtual modelling software, customised manufacturing and virtually clear, removable ‘aligners’ to straighten teeth without metal or wires. The Invisalign system is prescribed to patients through trained Invisalign Orthodontists, who can determine a patient’s suitability and exact treatment plan.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made “aligners” are produced. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final desired position is achieved.
WHAT ARE INVISALIGN ALIGNERS MADE OFF?
Invisalign aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade non-toxic plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
WHAT DOES INVISALIGN ALIGNERS LOOK LIKE?
Invisalign aligners are pretty much invisible and 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.
IS INVISALIGN A NEW TECHNOLOGY?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign aligners, was founded in 1997. It is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in the USA (Stock Code: ALGN). Invisalign is distributed and supported in Australia by Invisalign Australia Pty Ltd, an independent distributor.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN MOVE TEETH?
Like braces, the Invisalign aligner moves 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. With each aligner, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular aligner. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
WHAT ARE INVISALIGN ATTACHMENTS ?
Attachments are tooth-coloured ridges placed on tooth surface. These ‘clicks’ onto your Invisalign aligners and help the teeth move more effectively. Attachments at the front teeth are sometimes visible if you are looking closely for them. Attachments are removed at the end of Invisalign treatment, and no damage is done to the teeth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN?
Removable The biggest advantage of Invisalign is you can remove the aligners for major events, and smile confidently for photo sessions and public speaking.
Maintain oral hygiene You can simply take off your Invisalign aligners, so it is easier to brush and floss your teeth and maintain your oral health during treatment.
Invisible Within a few months of treatment, many patients will begin to see improvements in their smile. What is fascinating? Most of your friends won’t even realize you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with your invisible see-through Invisalign aligners!
Lifestyle When you wear your clear Invisalign aligners, you rarely have to worry about your treatment interfering with your active lifestyle.
Comfort Are you worried about discomfort? With the innovative SmartForce and SmartTrack technologies, the new Invisalign system provides you with effective aligner trays to move your teeth more comfortably.
No diet restrictions Invisalign allows patients to enjoy a wide variety of foods. You can simply remove the aligner trays and eat what you like, then promptly place the aligners back over your teeth.