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The History and Technology Behind Invisalign®

By Dr. Peter Gambertoglio

woman inserting invisalign clear alignerInvisalign was first invented in 1997. It was targeted toward adults with mild tooth misalignment caused by relapse after having worn braces at a younger age.

Today, Invisalign advancements have made the clear braces system ideal for anyone with mild to moderate bite discrepancies.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?

To be an ideal candidate for Invisalign you should

  • Have good oral health and a dedicated oral hygiene routine
  • Be committed to wearing their aligners as directed
  • Have mild to moderate tooth misalignment, gaps or rotation
  • Be an adult or responsible teen with a full dentition (no more baby teeth)
  • Be able to keep short monthly appointments throughout your treatment

What Invisalign Fixes (or Doesn’t)

Invisalign is effective for adjusting tooth alignment, spacing concerns and gaps. It cannot, however, correct orthognathic (anatomical) discrepancies in the jaws. For example, a severe overbite or underbite due to bone anatomy would not qualify for comprehensive Invisalign treatment.

Although Invisalign advancements have come a long way, people with severe tooth rotation, unerupted teeth or other complex oral anatomy may not qualify. People with these types of concerns typically respond better with conventional braces.

Are Invisalign Aligners Effective?

Absolutely and even more so than they were 20-plus years ago! Digital treatment planning and CAD/CAM technology have revolutionized modern dentistry. Invisalign has become more effective than ever. Just follow your treatment plan as described, changing your aligners out every two weeks. Also wear them for a minimum of 22 hours per day. When you do this, you can expect to see great results.

Get a Digital Preview

Would you like to see what your smile could look like with Invisalign before you even start the treatment? Request a consultation today!

Dr. Peter Gambertoglio has been a practicing dentist for over three decades. He enjoys staying up to date with the latest technological advancements and trends in dentistry in order to provide his patients with the best care possible. In addition to general dentistry, he has advanced training in implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.

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