Invisalign is an aligning technology system developed to move teeth with a series of clear plastic aligners. The concept founded in 1997 was made available to the public in 2001. Invisalign is seen as an alternative to braces that offers the same results with a proven, yet different, system.
When Invisalign originated, it was described as a good approach for aligning teeth needing minor corrections, such as a little spacing, mild crowding and small upper to lower tooth and jaw movements, and originally intended only for simple adult treatments. Currently, Invisalign can be used for most orthodontic cases as it has continuously developed since formation and now has greater control for tooth movement. Invisalign can now close extraction spaces, open bites and rotate teeth, making it an option for both adults and teenagers alike.
Invisalign can be a great option for patients who want their orthodontic treatment to be discreet, and more aesthetically pleasing during treatment than braces. Age, case suitability and patient compliance are important factors in a successful outcome.
Computerized treatment planning is a part of the Invisalign process. You can review the projected smile design, learn how long the treatment is likely to take, compare different plans and make an informed decision about whether Invisalign is for you.