Since being designed and tested by two American students in the late 1990s, Invisalign clear aligners have treated more than 6 million patients around the world. Below, we take a look at some of the main properties that has made Invisalign the popular removable brace treatment it is in 2019.
Invisalign works around you
One of the main characteristics setting Invisalign apart from other treatment methods is its flexibility. You can take the aligners out for 2 hours each day and during this time you have the opportunity to brush, floss, and eat without the hassle of dealing with the brace hardware that comes with fixed braces. Many adult patients are particularly attracted to Invisalign for this reason and with more and more of us following specific diets like vegetarian, raw food and keto (to name a few), a brace option that does not disrupt these is favourable.
Aesthetic and comfortable
Invisalign aligners are transparent in appearance and therefore go virtually unnoticed by others. They are made from a plastic that is compatible with the human mouth and the smooth surfaces of the brace mean they are a comfortable fit. As there are no brackets, there is no risk of damage to the front surface of your teeth and you won’t get any scratching as is sometimes possible with conventional brace models.
Custom-made for you
Your aligners will be made with your smile in mind, fitting in with your tooth structure and shape. We will take digital impressions of your teeth using the iTero scanner, a non-invasive way of obtaining moulds that will provide the basis of the design for your aligners – you will replace the aligners every 2 weeks at home until the treatment period is complete. The scanner can also give you a preview of how your new smile will look… before treatment even begins! This technology allows your dentist to explain the movements your teeth will go through and gives you the patient, a bit of extra motivation to continue treatment.
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment here at our Norwich practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.