What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth
without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable
aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to
depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the
final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear
"aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally
and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the
series until the final position is achieved.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your
teeth without anyone knowing.
Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat
and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and
floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal
brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no
metal or wires means you spend less time in the doctor's chair
Invisalign allows you to
view your own virtual treatment plan before
you start so you can see how your straight
teeth will look when your treatment is
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear,
strong medical grade plastic that is virtually
invisible when worn.
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and look
similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are
custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some
orthodontists and dentists have referred to them
as "contact lenses for teeth."
Is this a new way to straighten
For years, orthodontists and
dentists have used removable appliances for
limited treatment. Today, with the application
of computer technology and custom manufacturing,
Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with
How old is the company?
Align Technology, Inc., the
company that manufactures Invisalign, was
founded in 1997. Since then, Align has
manufactured over 10,000,000 aligners and
250,000 patients have been in treatment.
How old is this technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling
envisioned that one day modern technology would
enable the use of a series of tooth positioners
to produce the kinds of movements required for
comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology
has made this vision a reality. Using advanced
computer technology, Align generates
Invisalign®, a series of customized clear
appliances, called "aligners." Each aligner is
worn sequentially by the patient to produce
extensive tooth movements in both upper and
How many patients are being
treated with Invisalign?
Worldwide, almost 250,000
patients have been treated with Invisalign. The
number grows daily.
Do doctors need special
training in order to use Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used
with virtually any treatment philosophy,
specific training is needed. All orthodontists
and dentists interested in treating patients
with Invisalign must attend training before
cases will be accepted from their office. Close
to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide
are certified to use Invisalign.
How does Invisalign effectively
Like brackets and arch wires are
to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth
through the appropriate placement of controlled
force on the teeth. The principal difference is
that Invisalign not only controls forces, but
also controls the timing of the force
application. At each stage, only certain teeth
are allowed to move, and these movements are
determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for
that particular stage. This results in an
efficient force delivery system.
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Yes, the FDA has reviewed our
application and in August 1998 determined that
Invisalign is exempt from 510(k) pre-market
What is Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express is an
orthodontic treatment designed to correct mild
orthodontic problems such as minor crowding and
spacing. Since it's designed for mild problems
only, treatment time is generally less than six
months. Ask your Invisalign certified doctor for
more information on this new treatment.