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Invisalign: The Invisible Treatment
Consumers today have multiple options to choose from when selecting orthodontic braces. In addition to metal braces, a relatively new orthodontic product called Invisalign can be used in orthodontics to align and straighten teeth. Orthodontic patients should consider all of their options before choosing an orthodontic treatment to correct their smile. Learn more about the Invisalign treatment process and see if it is right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign refers to a series of transparent and removable teeth aligners that can be used instead of traditional dental braces. Invisalign evolved as a response to the demand for finding a suitable alternative to traditional metallic braces. The invisible braces are removable pieces of transparent plastic trays that are undetectable once they are worn. By simply wearing the aligners over their teeth, the patient’s teeth gradually shift into place. The invisibility, convenience, and comfort of Invisalign have made them a popular alternative to traditional braces, which have uncomfortable metal brackets and wires that irritate the mouth. Invisalign braces are designed, manufactured, and marketed by Align Technology, Inc., who pioneered the invisible orthodontics market with the introduction of the Invisalign system in 1999.
The Invisalign treatment involves the replacement of invisible braces approximately every two weeks to accommodate shifting of the teeth. The process of manufacturing the customized Invisalign begins at the dentist’s office, where they take dental impressions, photographs, and x-rays of the patient’s teeth. At Align Inc, the dental impressions are put through a scanning system to create a computer generated three dimensional model. Software then creates an evaluation of the different stages of the treatment and creates customized models for each stage. After the orthodontist reviews each stage of the process, each Invisalign is shipped to your orthodontist and given to the patient.
Types of Invisalign Treatments
Invisalign Treatment Timeframe
How to Get Invisalign
Potential orthodontic patients should begin by scheduling a consultation with an orthodontist to assess which type of orthodontic treatment is most appropriate. If Invisalign is recommended, the orthodontist will move forward with the appropriate set-up to begin treatment.
Choosing an orthodontic treatment is not a decision that should be made without careful consideration. To learn more about the Invisalign treatment, please visit the DentalInsurance.com blog for the top pros and cons of Invisalign braces.
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