Can you guess how many smiles Invisalign clear aligners have transformed? A whopping 14 million as of 2022! That’s impressive considering it first launched in 1998, and that’s just the beginning of the impressive Invisalign facts that exist.
We’ve already covered topics like how long it takes, how it differs from braces, and the bites it can fix. Today, we’re teaching you more impressive facts you likely don’t know! Keep reading to learn more about this well-loved orthodontic treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Before diving into the fun, let’s quickly recap what exactly Invisalign is. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment created by Align Technology. It can help you straighten your smile, adjust the positioning of your teeth, and even correct your bite.
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are 3D printed for your teeth. Depending on your case, you will switch to a new pair of aligners every 1-2 weeks until your treatment time is complete. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth into their new positions, and eventually into your new picture-perfect smile. Cases can take as little as 6 months but are entirely dependent on your unique needs as determined by a dentist.
There are many reasons why Invisalign treatment is the talk of the town in the dentistry world. Three of the biggest highlights are:
- It’s clear. This means it’s much less noticeable to the public eye than braces.
- It’s convenient. You can remove your aligners to eat, drink, and brush/floss your teeth.
- It’s comfortable. Invisalign is made of a smooth plastic material that won’t cause discomfort like the wires and metal of braces.
It’s no surprise why so many people are part of the #SmileSquad! Now, let’s take a look at 5 surprising facts about Invisalign.
Celebrities love it.
Did you know that some of the most popular names in the music, sports, and entertainment industries have used Invisalign?
That’s right – people like Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Charlie D’Amelio, Kyle Lowry, Serena WIlliams, and Billie Eilish have all used it.
Being in the spotlight, it makes sense why these A-listers would opt for clear aligners. They can straighten their smiles while still being in the public eye!
It uses advanced scanning technology.
Have you ever had to get an impression made of your teeth? With this method, the dentist puts a sticky material in a tray and has you bite down on it. It essentially feels like having play-doh in your mouth (and doesn’t taste much better, either!).
Invisalign technology is leaps and bounds ahead of this method. Instead, it uses the i-Tero element, an advanced scanner that takes an impressive 6,000 images per second. During an i-Tero scan, the dentist will move the wand across your teeth to create a 3D image of every nook and cranny. They even take digital pictures from the sides to assess exactly how your bite lines up.
It can predict your new smile.
With braces, you’ll only see your new smile the day you get them removed. But did you know that Invisalign has an outcome stimulator that can help you see your smile before it’s done?
SmileView is a tool available in the handy dandy Invisalign app. All you have to do is take a selfie smiling, and in a few seconds, it will use powerful technology to show you what your new smile could look like!
You can also get a glimpse into your new smile during your Invisalign consultation. Once a dentist has taken a 3D scan of your teeth, the i-Tero machine will create a simulated outcome. This is also useful because it helps you understand the exact shifts that will happen in your case.
It moves teeth in different ways.
You might think that moving teeth is a simple feat. Not so! Everyone’s case is different, and teeth don’t just move left and right – there are various angles and rotations that come into play, too. But how exactly does Invisalign move teeth in such complex ways? With the help of attachments.
These are small, tooth-coloured shapes that are glued onto the teeth. They work by giving the aligners something to push on. It’s all about applying the right amount of force in the right direction – and these small buttons make a world of difference for most (but not all) Invisalign cases.
It can improve your oral health.
The last impressive fact about Invisalign is that along with improving the appearance of your teeth, it can also improve how healthy they are!
According to Dr. Sunny Gill, Dentist and Clinic Advisor at HealthOne, this is because wearing aligners causes patients to become more aware of their oral health routines. Since they’re removing the aligners multiple times a day to eat/drink and brush, this naturally leads to better oral hygiene habits. Patients might find themselves flossing more diligently or consistently brushing more often than they normally do.
Chalk up another win for Invisalign clear aligners!
It goes without saying that Invisalign clear aligners are impressive! Using advanced technology, they can help you achieve the smile of your dreams in no time.
At HealthOne, our dentists have transformed tons of different smiles and would love the opportunity to do the same for you! We offer free consultations where you can learn more about treatment and ask any questions you have.
Click here to book a free Invisalign consultation.
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