Frequently Asked Questions
Invisalign® is a Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT) system that utilizes a series of clear aligners to straighten the teeth gradually. In this technique, there is no metal or clear braces and wires. Therefore many limitations of traditional braces will no longer exist.
How Invisalign® treatment works?
The same orthodontic rules, as traditional braces, should be used in treatment planning of an Invisalign® treatment to achieve a healthy beautiful smile. Your dentist sends a very accurate impression or 3D scan of all your teeth to the manufacturer where a simulated treatment result will be drafted and send to your dentist.
At this stage, your dentist will use a software called ClinCheck™ to digitally design your treatment plan. Based on the different types of tooth movements your smile transformation might need and the severity of the malocclusion, a number of clear aligners will be made starting from aligner number 1 (N 01).
Every single aligner is a bit different from the very last one and in this way a very well controlled gentle force system will be applied to the right spots of the teeth to make them move to their new desired position.
After manufacturing of aligners, you will start with first pair of aligners (N 01) and wear that for one week or two and then switch to next one. After finishing a few aligners you will see your doctor. The dentist/Orthodontist will assess your smile and will do some adjustments and give your more aligners to wear. In this way your smile will be gradually transformed to the new healthy smile
Is Invisalign® clear aligners material safe to be used in the mouth for a long time?
According to the product specification, all Invisalign aligner and retainer materials are made of medically safe FDA approved thermoplastic plastics.
Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by FDA and has been received the necessary 510(k) clearance from the FDA in 1998.
Like other medical devices, you should consult your doctor to get advice to use any medical devices.
When did the Invisalign® clear aligners come onto the market for the first time?
Align Technology, the manufacturer and founder of Invisalign® aligner was set up first in 1997.
Does Invisalign have different products?
Invisalign® aligners share the same quality and material, however; Invisalign® might use different name based on the number of aligners you need. The most difficult cases could be managed with “ Invisalign® Comprehensive” which allows your doctor to order as many as aligners you might need. This product is the most expensive Invisalign® product
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