What Is Invisalign Treatment?

portrait of a beauty woman model taken in the studioInvisalign treatment is making waves across the globe. It is estimated that around 1million people worldwide are currently benefitting from the effects of Invisalign.

With that being said, what is Invisalign? How does it manifest itself? What are its unique selling points?

You can find out all of that and more in this blog, exclusive to Derweb.

In simple terms, Invisalign is a patented method of cosmetic dental treatment. The apparatus used is a transparent form of removable brace. The clear braces are seen as the  modern evolution of traditional metal teeth aligners.

The patented technology of Invisalign was pioneered by medical device manufacturers Align Technology Inc. of Santa Clara, California.

According to Align, there are around 50,000 doctors in the world that are trained to provide Invisalign treatment. Almost 40,000 of those reside in the U.S.

On the other hand, the technology is relatively new to UK shores. Currently, the treatment is only available through specialist outlets. These outlets are, typically, based in Britain’s major cities. In keeping with that trend, the only one that I am familiar with in my local area is this Manchester orthodontist.


Pretty young girl wearing bracesThe most obvious positive affect of Invisalign application is a cosmetic one. The aligners are wholly opaque and are, therefore, far less visible to the naked eye than traditional braces. Due, in no small part, to this feature, Invisalign braces are much sought-after by adults. These adults may perceive it to be less socially acceptable to wear braces at their age.

It is also said that Invisalign braces are more comfortable to wear than their metal equivalent. Historically,  tooth alignment technology has been associated with discomfort and damage done to teeth, gums and other mouthparts. Many orthodontic applications also cause hidden root damage to teeth, compacting the roots and forcing them to shorten. What’s more, constant contact between metal and enamel can have a de-mineralising affect on the tooth. It is also fair to say that the consumption of acidic foods and beverages can have a negative impact on the constitution of a metal brace. Furthermore many brace-wearers will be familiar with the ritual of having to remove their braces whenever they are subject to an X-Ray or airport scan. People have even been known have set of supermarket security sensors and, even, to have picked up radio signals on their mouthpiece!

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are always removable. This means than no Invisalign wearer should ever experience trouble, in the event that they need to remove the brace to eat food.

Some more innovations brought about by the Invisalign team include the computerised tracking of statistical evidence relating to a a patient.

All-in-all, this adds up to Invisalign being a quicker more efficient form of tooth re-alignment than the alternative. A recent large-scale study carried out in the American state of Indiana confirmed this hypothesis.