Invisalign Improvements Over The Last 10 Years

For many, Invisalign’s plastic aligner tray has become the preferred choice, replacing the popularity of braces for correcting bite and alignment issues. In the last decade, they transformed from a unique and useful tool into a mainstream and highly-effective dental corrective. There are several benefits to Invisalign that have only increased in recent years. So let’s go over how Invisalign works and why it might be the best choice to correct your dental issues.

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Invisalign Improvements Over The Last 10 Years

Approved by the FDA in 1998, these plastic aligners have been around for a while. But though the treatment has become a mainstay in dental technology, it has also drastically improved over recent years. These advancements are what propelled Invisalign to the top of corrective alignment treatments.

Here’s what you need to know before deciding on the treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that correctly aligns teeth. As a type of ‘clear aligner’, Invisalign uses plastic trays that are moulded with computer-generated images and impressions taken from your teeth.

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How does Invisalign Work?

Where traditional braces would use wires to ‘pull’ teeth into alignment, clear aligners correct teeth positioning through a series of customized trays over the course of a few months. This greatly reduces discomfort during the alignment process. It’s also much more flexible as it can be removed as needed. Invisalign braces are ideal for teenagers or those with a need to have a presentable smile, even during treatment.

The process happens in three easy steps:

  1. Consultation where your teeth are mapped out and treatment is planned
  2. Receive and wear your aligners
  3. Visit your orthodontist for check-ups and new trays

Pretty easy right? Now let’s take a look at the many benefits of this exciting dental correction!

Benefits of Invisalign

The benefits of a better smile are obvious. Around 60% of people report that straightened teeth improved their confidence and happiness. So, one of the major benefits of Invisalign is the improved quality of life. One of the worst things about braces is the heavy investment they require. Sure, your smile will surely improve. But until that point, you have a mouth full of metal and uncomfortable adjustments waiting for you.

Aside from the improved smile, Invisalign is more affordable and easier to use. That makes it the preferred treatment choice for many with alignment issues.

Invisalign vs Braces: Why are aligners better?

Both Invisalign and traditional braces achieve the same result but in vastly different manners. Braces have been around for many decades, whereas Invisalign was innovated at the turn of the century. As you can expect from such a difference, each treatment has pros and cons. However, here is why Invisalign is superior to traditional braces.

  • Improved appearance during treatment
  • Convenience due to removability
  • Shortened treatment duration
  • Reduced treatment cost

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The Latest Advancements in Invisalign

Instead of having wire braces, you can treat your alignment issues with a clear tray that lets you project confidence in your smile. Even better, they’re removable for cleaning, eating, or any other circumstance. But convenience isn’t the only reason to try out Invisalign. Teenagers and adults are like are enjoying the improvements in this technology.

Keep reading to find out why aligners are the most popular corrective alignment treatment!

3D Technology

Used across a variety of dental treatments, 3D imaging technology has improved the success rates of treatments like Invisalign by giving orthodontists a better map of your mouth. Understanding every nook and cranny of the positioning of your teeth makes for a more accurate and easy treatment plan. That’s part of the reason why Invisalign has improved its treatment effectiveness and comfortability in recent years.

Treatment Duration Reduced

Aside from improved appearance, the reduction of treatment duration is the most attractive improvement of clear aligners. When Invisalign was first introduced, the treatment lasted around 12 months, or sometimes even longer. Patients would have to swap aligners every few weeks. Now, however, Invisalign delivers faster results. In an average of six months, the treatment is completed. That is significantly faster than traditional braces!

In addition to aligners, you can partner treatment with technology like Propel. This common add-on to braces or Invisalign uses gentle pulsation technology to expedite orthodontic treatment. Users have a mouthpiece that fits over their aligners or braces. The gentle vibrations allow your teeth to align up to 50% faster!

Increased Comfort

In the past, clear aligners weren’t very flexible, making them uncomfortable. Fortunately, Invisalign has patented its SmartTrack material, which applies a gentle and constant force to move teeth into the correct position.

Another improvement that was recently added is the SmartForce. These are tiny attachments that correct more difficult dental issues that would typically require braces. So not only are Invisalign more comfortable, but they’re also more effective!

Visit Applewood Dental for Your Orthodontic Needs

At Applewood Dental, we have the experience to easily and comfortably correct dental problems using Invisalign instead of traditional braces. Although braces still have their place in treatment options, for most patients, Invisalign represents the superior choice. That’s because it’s more affordable, comfortable, and takes less time.

Applewood Dental has been serving our patients in Innisfil Ontario with general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as orthodontics in our kid-friendly office. We are proud to offer a variety of treatments for alignment correction. If you have severe bite alignment issues, Invisalign may not be the best option. If you’re wondering about that, why not book your 30-minute consultation with us here? We’ll be happy to set the record straight and get you started on your journey to a brighter smile!