Nowadays, many people aspire to have a beautiful, perfectly aligned smile. Luckily, with modern orthodontic methods, straightening your smile is easier than ever. In the past, the only orthodontic method available was metal braces. However, that all changed beginning in 1997 when Align Technology was founded.
A year after the company began, Invisalign was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Another year after that and Invisalign was officially available to be used by dentists for their patients. In 2014, Align Technology estimated that 80,000 dentists have used Invisalign to treat 2.4 million patients since Invisalign was first introduced.
2.4 million is a lot of people, which raises the question: what is so great about Invisalign? To answer that question, here are seven reasons why Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment:
Yields Similar Results to Traditional Metal Braces
Believe it or not, Invisalign treatment uses the same mechanism as traditional metal braces to move the teeth. While traditional metal braces uses brackets and wires to apply pressure to the teeth, Invisalign uses their aligners to apply the same type of pressure. Instead of tightening the arch wire to progress treatment, patients using Invisalign will simply progress to the next aligner. Once treatment is complete, Invisalign also offers similar retention rates when compared to traditional metal braces.
It Can Fix Numerous Issues
Not only is Invisalign effective in its ability to move the teeth, but it can correct a variety of orthodontic issues. Invisalign is able to fix crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overlapping teeth, or teeth with gaps between them. Additionally, Invisalign can be used to correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.
No One Will Know
Invisalign aligners are manufactured by Align Technology using SmartTrack® material. It was produced specifically for the use of Invisalign and is clear, thin, and fits exactly around the contours of your smile. SmartTrack® material makes the Invisalign aligners nearly invisible when they are being worn. In fact, people will have to look closely to be able to notice the aligners.
In addition to being discreet, SmartTrack® material is also smooth. This means that the aligners will not rub on the inside of your cheeks and lips like traditional metal braces. Additionally, the snug fit of the aligners ensures that they will not irritate the gums.
Treatment with Invisalign is easy. Simply wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day and only remove them to eat, brush, or floss. You will also need to switch out your aligners every 1-2 weeks. About every 6-8 weeks, you will visit your dentist so they can monitor your progress and give you the next series of aligners.
Not only is Invisalign treatment easy, but it can save you time as well. For starters, the average treatment length with Invisalign is 12-18 months, which is less than the average treatment time for braces. However, your actual treatment length can vary depending on your case. Invisalign also saves you time by requiring less time spent in the dental chair. There are fewer required dental appointments with Invisalign and the appointments you do have to attend are usually quick because there is no need for adjustments.
Many people assume that Invisalign is more expensive than traditional metal braces. However, this is not the case and the cost of Invisalign is about the same as traditional metal braces. Dental insurance plans will also cover Invisalign like metal braces. The exact cost of your treatment will depend on your individual case, while the exact amount of insurance coverage will depend on your dental insurance plan. The best way to determine the cost of Invisalign treatment is to schedule a consultation with your local dentist.
Overall, Invisalign is considered to be the best orthodontic treatment because it uses all the pros of dental braces without the cons. Invisalign is versatile, invisible, comfortable, easy, quick, and affordable. These various characteristics make it obvious why Invisalign has been the go-to orthodontic treatment for over 2.4 million people. Now you know what is so great about Invisalign. For more information, see “Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment”.
Dr. Stephen Malone received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Louisville in 1994 and has practiced dentistry in Knoxville for over 20 years. He believes in the value of continuing dental education and has pursued hands-on and mentored advanced dental education every year since earning his doctorate. He participates in multiple dental study clubs and professional organizations, where he has taken a leadership role.