The Alternative to Conventional Braces

Today, Invisalign is a leading brand of orthodontic appliance, primarily because the removable aligners (less than one millimeter thick) are designed to be more esthetically pleasing than conventional braces. Heavily promoted and advertised the name Invisalign has become as ubiquitous as 'Jello' for gelatin and ' Scotch' for office tape. Invisalign is the gold standard but not the only alternative to the more conventional wire-and-bracket dental braces.

How Invisalign® Braces Work

The use of a series of removable aligners for the adjustment of occlusion (bite) is not new. The Invisalign method is based on a concept first introduced in the 1940s and revisited in the 1970s that required a series of dental impressions to determine the optimal position of the teeth. The Invisalign method is simpler than its predecessors, requiring only one set of impressions and photographs of the teeth, taken during an initial consultation.

These impressions are used to create a three-dimensional computer projection of how the teeth could be moved incrementally, forming the basis for developing a series of custom-made aligners designed to accomplish this movement.

The reasons are clear for choosing the Invisalign method for straightening teeth over traditional brace...

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