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The History and Technology Behind Invisalign®

smile invisible resultFirst invented in 1997, Invisalign was targeted toward adults with mild tooth misalignment caused by relapse after having worn braces in their younger years. Fast forward to the present. Invisalign innovations have made the clear braces system ideal for anyone with mild to moderate bite discrepancies.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?

To be a good candidate for Invisalign you should

  • Enjoy good oral health and practice optimal oral hygiene
  • Be committed to wearing the aligners as indicated
  • Have teeth that are mild to moderately misaligned or gapped
  • Be an adult or responsible teen who no longer has baby teeth
  • Be able to maintain brief monthly appointments throughout your treatment

What Does and Doesn’t Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign is highly effective for addressing tooth alignment, spacing concerns and gaps. It cannot, however, correct orthognathic (anatomical) inconsistencies in the jaws. For example, if you have a severe overbite or underbite due to bone anatomy, you would not be eligible for complete Invisalign treatment.

Although there have been considerable Invisalign advancements through the years, people with certain issues may not qualify. These include severe tooth rotation, unerupted teeth or other complex oral anatomy. Those with these types of concerns generally respond better with conventional braces.

Are Invisalign Aligners Effective?

Yes and even more so than they were over 20 years ago. Thanks to digital treatment planning and CAD/CAM technology, modern dentistry has been revolutionized. Invisalign has become more effective than ever. You just need to adhere to your treatment plan as described, changing your aligners out every two weeks. You also must wear them for a minimum of 22 hours per day. When you do this, you can expect to see fantastic results.

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Did you know that you can see what your smile could look like with Invisalign before you even begin the treatment? Contact us today to request a consultation!

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