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10 Interesting Facts About Invisalign!

14 January 2022

Categories: Invisalign
Invisalign Facts

Are you wondering what’s all the hype about Invisalign and if it’s really as cool as it seems? We’re about to reveal some interesting facts about this orthodontic option!

If you’re new to Invisalign, it is an alternative to traditional braces. Made out of medical-grade plastic, these removable and virtually-invisible clear aligners are one of the most fascinating features whereby you can effectively straighten your teeth without anyone realising. They are far more comfortable and offer minimal pain throughout your treatment.

That’s not all! There are many other interesting facts about Invisalign and here are 10 more.

#1 The birth of an idea from experience

Before Invisalign, anyone who wanted to have a straighter set of teeth would have no other option but braces. While braces have its advantages, there is no doubt that there are inconveniences that come with it such as difficulty in cleaning, brackets breaking, possible mouth injuries and causing discomfort.

Invisalign’s founder, Zia Chishti, wore braces as an adult and it was from his personal orthodontic experience that got him thinking about developing a better way to help people get straighter teeth. That was the beginning of Invisalign.

#2 The Invisalign concept was born in a dorm room

Chishti was a MBA student at Stanford University, California, U.S.A., when he conceptualised the idea of this braces alternative. He worked on his idea of Invisalign in his dorm room, with the help of some of his friends, Kelsey Wirth, Apostolos Lerious and Brian Freyburger who were from Stanford University too.

The four of them later formed Align Technologies, LTD together. In 1998, Invisalign was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and soon after, it was marketed to the public.

#3 Over 11 million users (including celebrities)

In just over two decades, Invisalign has straightened the smile of over 11 million people, including celebrities!

It is no surprise that Invisalign is a popular choice among Hollywood stars such as Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria and Oprah Winfrey. Some of the benefits of Invisalign include it being removable at any hour of the day, virtually-invisible, comfortable and doctor-directed, which help patients go on their Invisalign journey with a peace of mind. As a matter of fact, Justin Bieber made a series of videos to talk about his Invisalign experience and how much he liked them.

#4 No two Invisalign treatments are alike

Your Invisalign treatment plan is created just for you and every aligner is customised to suit your treatment plan. Therefore, there are no two Invisalign treatments that are alike.

This is why Invisalign prides itself as a dentist-directed treatment as your dentist plays an essential role in mapping out a precise personalised treatment plan for you.

With the help of Invisalign’s technology such as its iTero Element scanner and paired with the experience of your dentist, you will have an Invisalign treatment plan that will give you the smile of your dreams in a shorter time as compared to traditional braces.

One way to know more about your dentist’s Invisalign experience is to look out for the practice’s Invisalign Providers Tier. For 2021, i.Dental was a Black Diamond Invisalign provider, having completed more than 450 cases and to date, we’ve completed over 4,000 Invisalign cases!

#5 It’s made out of a special type of plastic

Invisalign clear aligners are not made out of any type of ordinary plastic but a special medical-grade thermoplastic known as SmartTrack. Yes, it is special because the SmartTrack plastic is a material developed exclusively for these clear aligners. Plus, the material has been clinically proven to move the teeth 50% faster and with 75% more predictability in movement.

Besides delivering results, the SmartTrack material provides an excellent fit as it is flexible. The material is safe to wear by patients of all ages and will not damage your teeth. The edges of the aligners too are carefully trimmed to fit your gums and provide better comfort.

Together with the use of SmartTrack, special attachments known as SmartForce are fixed to your teeth in some cases. SmartForce attachments are small tooth-coloured pieces that come in different shape and sizes, with each design having a unique role to realign your teeth or give a particular grip.

#6 There are cool dental tools to help you monitor your treatment

At i.Dental, we offer a tool, known as Dental Monitoring, that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered technology to allow our dentists to monitor your Invisalign treatment progress remotely.

Similar to Invisalign’s Virtual Care solution, your dentist at i.Dental will closely monitor your weekly progress and this could reduce the number of visits to the clinic. Therefore, minimising disruptions to your daily schedule. This tool can be useful when you’re travelling too!

Another cool dental tool is the My Invisalign mobile app with really helpful features. It can be used to update your dentist about your treatment progress, it contains lots of Invisalign tips, a calendar to set reminders throughout your treatment, an aligner time log to help you keep track of the hours and a smile gallery!

All you’ll need to do is to scan the QR code on your first Invisalign aligner pouch to download it. Essential Invisalign information such as your very own Invisalign ID will be available on the same pouch too.

#7 You can do just about anything while wearing Invisalign

Do you love the outdoors, extreme sports, the gym, rock climbing or just being on the move?

One worry some might have when it comes to orthodontic treatment is – “Will I hurt my mouth with my braces or aligners if I’m physically active?”

The good news is, Invisalign wearers need not have this concern. Invisalign fits perfectly into any type of lifestyle including the adventurous and active sort. These clear aligners do not have any wires or brackets and it is made out of a durable material, which makes it safe to wear during any activity.

#8 Children can wear Invisalign too!

Did you know that Invisalign is not just for teenagers and adults? Unlike braces, Invisalign has a treatment option for young smiles known as Invisalign First.

Invisalign First is typically for children between the ages of 6 to 10. This treatment option addresses potential developing problems pertaining to your child’s teeth and various dental issues. Yes, you read that right! The technology behind Invisalign can help to address a dental concern before it develops or worsens.

Some of the benefits of Invisalign First include possibly avoiding the need for dental surgery in the future, increasing your child’s confidence, correcting malocclusion, and keeping your child’s teeth healthy.

#9 It could help with your digestive health too

Malocclusion does not only affect your dental health, it does have an influence on your digestive health too. A bad bite affects the way your teeth break down food. This can reduce your nutritional intake as well as cause issues related to your digestion such as indigestion.

Therefore, Invisalign does not only give you a straighter and healthier smile, it can also help to improve your digestive health as you’re able to chew more efficiently.

#10 There are cool Invisalign hacks

Who doesn’t love some handy life hacks? Invisalign wearers have jumped on the bandwagon to share some useful tips that could help to make your Invisalign experience even better.

For example, it’s essential to have your Invisalign aligner thoroughly cleaned daily and if you would like some help with it, an Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner could do the trick for you. If you have one at home, all you’ll need to do is to pop it in the machine and turn it on.

Another hack to try is to use an aligner hook to help you remove your aligners. Especially if you’re new to Invisalign and find it hard to remove your tray, this hack could do wonders to ease your anxiety levels or you could also give one of these handy tips a try.

Have these 10 interesting facts gotten you intrigued to know more about how you can benefit from Invisalign? Book a consultation with one of our accredited Invisalign dentists to find out if you are a suitable Invisalign candidate today!

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