Invisalign is a revolutionary design taking the teeth straightening world by storm. It challenges the concept of teeth braces looking ugly and unsightly. Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth two business students from Stanford University are the brains behind the design. The name ‘invisalign’ combines the words invisible and alignment which describes the process perfectly.
Chisti and Wirth put a great deal of research into their project and were able to finally secure an investment after many rejections. They were able to seal the deal because their investors didn’t realise they were wearing the braces during the presentation. It is amazing that this amazing treatment is the brainchild of non-dentists.
The medical term for wonky teeth is malocclusions and invisible braces are most suitable for mild to moderate cases. Teens and adults are eligible for Invisalign. A consultation with your dentist will determine if Invisalign is a suitable treatment for your teeth. If the treatment is suitable for you the results are swift and extremely impressive.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is also known as invisible braces because they are hardly noticeable when you are wearing them. They are clear plastic retainer type braces that slip perfectly on to your teeth. The shape changes slightly to correspond with the alignment process. Flexible plastic patented as SmartTrack is used to make the invisible braces. Your dentist takes a series of measurements and impressions which are sent to the headquarters in America.
Within weeks a pack containing a set of Invisalign braces will arrive at your dentist surgery ready for you to start your treatment. You wear the braces for up to 22 hours a day can change them between 1 and 2 weeks depending on how quickly it is working. Treatment lasts between twelve to eighteen months with visible improvements. Remove them only for eating and cleaning your teeth to ensure the success of the treatment.
Sometimes attachments are necessary to give the Invisalign greater leverage on your teeth. The braces treat top and bottom teeth depending on your dentist recommendation. A retainer helps to maintain the good results after treatment. Ultimately the process is very simple and regular consultation with your dentist ensures its success.
Who Is Invisalign Not Suitable For?
Everyone has different requirements regarding treatment for straightening their teeth. The severity of your malocclusions determines the type of straightening procedure you require. AnimatedTeeth.com discusses issues that may make your case more suitable for different treatment. Severe malocclusions including; severely rotated teeth, tipped teeth, large gaps between teeth, overcrowding and other dental issues require additional treatment.
Uneven teeth or teeth requiring repair jeopardise the efficiency of the treatment. Treating unhealthy teeth before treatment starts is necessary otherwise it will not be successful. Not wearing the brace regularly also hinders the effectiveness of the braces. Your dentist is the only person who can inform you if you will benefit from Invisalign.