Gone are the days of having to put up with the annoying feeling of having metal in your mouth or constantly biting your lip. Invisalign works the same way as traditional braces, except it’s virtually invisible, so no one will know that you are undergoing the treatment.
Although we tend to believe that Invisalign was a recent invention, it has been around since 1997. The original idea for Invisalign was created by Zia Chishti who at the time was wearing a removable retainer. He noticed that his teeth would change alignment once removed and came up with the idea of straightening teeth using multiple clear removable aligners.
From there, Align Technology (the now creators of Invisalign) was established. Now, the company has over 3000 employees and annual total revenue of $500 million. Although the idea was created and company was formed in 1997, the concept of invisible removable aligners didn’t take off until 2000 where they created a massive $31 million TV campaign. As the result of great interest from the TV, the popularity of Invisalign began.
Before having the aligner produced, an initial consultation will be required to determine whether your current oral health situation makes you a suitable candidate for Invisalign. Following the consultation, a scan will be taken of your mouth and teeth using state-of-the art 3D scanning technology. By using this technology, you and your orthodontist can get an accurate look at your teeth without requiring any impressions. The technology can also show how your teeth will move during every stage of your treatment.
Once the scan has been completed, the scans will be sent to Invisalign HQ where your aligners will be custom made using the same technology which was used to produce the scans. Aligners will be replaced every two weeks and you will receive new aligners to ensure that your teeth will move into the desired positions.
Invisalign has several benefits that can outweigh the benefits of choosing other traditional braces for your orthodontic treatment. These include:
If you are considering orthodontic treatment but do not like the idea of traditional braces, contact us to find out more about Invisalign and how you can benefit from this treatment.
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