Crooked teeth can cause dental problems such as gingivitis or infection, which can become severe enough to threaten your overall well-being. In fact, they can also result in cavities. According to 3M, cavities are 20 times more likely than diabetes and five times more widespread than childhood asthma, respectively. The only option to align your teeth was using metal in the past. Thanks to Invisalign‘s clear braces, the journey to straight teeth is way smoother. That said, let’s look at five amazing facts you might not know about Invisalign clear braces.
Invisalign Is Worn by Over Eight Million People Worldwide
Currently, Invisalign is worn by over eight million people across the globe, including over one million teenagers who have turned to Invisalign to help revitalize their smiles. Its near invisibility, coupled with the ability to remove the aligners for eating, drinking, and socializing, makes Invisalign a hot commodity for anyone looking for discreet oral treatment.
Invisalign Straightens Teeth 50% Faster
Invisalign’s one-piece clear braces help straighten your teeth faster. With standard metal braces, each tooth is forced to realign individually. But with Invisalign’s single-piece system, all your teeth are subject to constant equal force, which helps them align better and stay in position more permanently. By replacing your trays every two weeks, you slowly allow your teeth to adjust to each set of new aligners and then continually guide them into the desired position.
Invisalign Uses 3D Imaging
Using an intraoral scanner, your orthodontist will create an instant 3D image of your teeth to simulate the desired shift of each tooth at each stage of realignment. With a process known as additive manufacturing, light from a laser enters a liquefied resin which, when it hardens, keeps its new shape. Your Invisalign aligners can be made to your precise requirements in a single print. Depending on the extent of realignment needed, you might need between six to fifty trays of aligners to wear continuously over the treatment period until your teeth are aligned.
The Inventor of Invisalign Wasn’t a Dental Professional
The inventor of Invisalign underwent traditional orthodontic treatment and wore braces. He had an idea that several successive aligners could be useful to realign teeth in patients. He collaborated with experts in other fields, such as CAD modeling, to kick-start his project.
You Can See the Results Before Treatment Starts
Another benefit of Invisalign is you can see the results before treatment starts. Your orthodontist will use technology to map out your treatment and show you what your teeth will look after wearing Invisalign aligners. You can see both the increments of improvement plotted out before you, as well as a before and after view of the completed treatment.
So were you surprised by these amazing facts about Invisalign? If you’d like to have the straight smile you’ve always wanted, talk to your dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you.