It was in 1997 that two students from Stanford University, Zia Chishti and Kelsey Worth, developed the very first and comprehensive clear aligner system known today as the Invisalign system. This came about because of the inconvenience and discomfort that Chishti had experienced while receiving the traditional orthodontic treatment of metal braces as an adult with a busy lifestyle and lack of desire to wear metal while working as a professional.
From there, clear aligners grew to be trusted by millions of patients worldwide. Not only did the manufacturer of the Invisalign aligners introduced an easier and lifestyle-friendly orthodontic treatment, but it was also faster and more discreet compared to traditional braces.
Let’s go through some of the Invisalign system’s features that make it rise above other orthodontic treatments.
It Is Virtually Invisible!
This is perhaps the defining characteristic of Invisalign clear aligners and the feature that sets it apart from traditional orthodontic treatments (and its name- invisible alignment = Invisalign). Invisalign clear aligners are made from SmartTrack aligner material which is a patented, multi-layer clear polymer that makes it virtually invisible and unnoticeable. In addition, the material gently exerts a continual force on the teeth to provide just the right movements. This technology excels by allowing a series of predictable, controlled movements of the teeth to achieve a final result that’s precise and accurate.
It’s Handy And Easy To Maintain
Invisible clear aligners are removable and handy. It is easy to clean so maintenance is not an issue. Unlike metal braces, you don’t have to visit your orthodontist as often for adjustments. Consultations are still necessary to track the progress of your treatment but not as frequent and time-consuming compared to metal braces’ appointments.
Cleaning your aligners only requires a small amount of time and there are no other changes in your oral routine except to make it regular and thorough. You’re not required to have special orthodontic brushes that are otherwise needed to get past through the metal brackets of your teeth. Since they’re removable, you can just brush and floss your teeth as usual.
Although no orthodontic treatment is fully pain-free, Invisalign only delivers the least amount of discomfort and is usually just for the first week of the treatment before you get used to it. With metal braces, you run the risk of hurting your gums, lips, and cheeks as metal wires can be abrasive inside your mouth. Once you get past the first few nights, wearing your Invisalign clear aligners are easier and more comfortable. Clear aligners are smooth and sit comfortably in the mouth.
Although the duration of orthodontic treatments varies from one patient to another, depending on individual needs, Invisalign clear aligners are generally faster compared to metal braces. It’s best to follow the dentist’s instructions when wearing Invisalign clear aligners to get the most of the treatment.