What to Know About Invisalign and Its Effectiveness


If you had a choice, would you wear braces on your teeth or clear aligners?

If your answer is clear aligners, you’re not alone. Clear aligners have grown in popularity over the past couple of decades as an option for straightening or realigning your teeth.

Perhaps the oldest and best known clear aligner product is Invisalign, which was introduced to the market in 1998 by Align Technology. Since then, more clear aligners from other brands have come into the market, such as Spark, ClearCorrect, and uLab.

We’ll take a closer look at what Invisalign can do, how effective it is, and if it is right for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the brand name of a type of thin clear aligner used in orthodontic treatment. The aligner is made from a flexible thermoplastic material named SmartTrack.

As the name suggests, this product is designed to make orthodontic treatment “less conspicuous,” as the American Association of Orthodontists puts it.

Although Invisalign aligners may not be completely invisible, these clear coverings fit tightly over your teeth and are much less noticeable than the brackets and wires of traditional braces.

What types of dental issues can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign can be used for a variety of purposes, including crowding and spacing issues, as well as some mild and moderate bite issues.

The Invisalign website claims that it can be used to treat the following dental issues:

While still limited, research suggests that Invisalign may be more effective for some issues than others.

For example, a 2017 studyTrusted Source suggests clear aligners can be useful to align a person’s arches, but it may not be as helpful in addressing more severe bite problems.

What’s involved with wearing them?

The first step in the process involves a visit to Dr. Bello at Bello Dentals Aventura, who will create a 3-D image of your mouth and jaw. We’ll use this image to put together a plan for moving your teeth into their proper place.

Dr. Bello will then use that plan to create a series of customized plastic aligners. These aligners will apply pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them and moving them into the desired places.

Depending on Dr. Bello instructions, you’ll switch out one set of aligners for a new set about once every week or two. Typically, you’ll need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day.

What can affect how well Invisalign works?

For Invisalign to work effectively, it’s important to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day.

The only time you’re supposed to remove the aligners is when you’re:

You need to be careful when cleaning your aligners. If you use very hot water, it could warp the plastic. This can alter the fit, and affect your progress and the effectiveness of the aligners.

The complexity of your orthodontic issues may also affect how well Invisalign works for you. It may take longer for this treatment to work if you’re dealing with more complex spacing or bite issues.

Other variables that may be at work are your sex and age. A study of 30 volunteers found that tooth movement may be affected by the wearer’s age.

According to the study, the rate of movement of your teeth increases slightly from ages 35 to 50. This means Invisalign may be more effective for this age group.

The same study also found that tooth movement between the ages of 50 to 70 didn’t decline for women in the same way it did for men.

Is Invisalign right for you?

If you’re considering Invisalign aligners, ask yourself these questions to help you determine whether this is the best choice for you:

  1. Do I have a fairly straightforward crowding or bite issue with my teeth?
  2. Do I feel self-conscious about wearing braces?
  3. Will I wear the aligners for the appropriate number of hours every day?
  4. Can I afford them?
  5. Will I take care of them correctly?

The bottom line

Invisalign can be used for a variety of purposes, including crowding and spacing issues, as well as some mild and moderate bite issues.

It may be a good option for you if you don’t have a complicated bite or crowding issue and you’d prefer a less visible treatment than braces.

Schedule your appointment at Bello Dentals Aventura and talk to Dr. Bello about your teeth, what type of orthodontic treatment you may need, and whether Invisalign is a good option for you. Then, consider all the pros and cons before making your decision.

Bello Dental

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