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What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign® system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you've always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor, based on your specific needs.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces,” making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Plus since your office visits during treatment don't involve metal or wire adjustments, you‚ will likely spend less time in the doctor's chair.
And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
It’s simple, just make an appointment with Burleson Orthodontics for an initial consultation. We offer free initial consultations to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.
What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.
How old is the technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customized clear appliances, or aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
More than 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc. has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system.
Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
No. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.
We Wrote the Book on Invisalign... Literally
The Consumer's Guide to Invisalign
by Dr. Dustin Burleson
Whether you are a patient, parent, or dental healthcare professional, The Consumer's Guide to Invisalign is your blueprint to achieving a beautiful smile with Invisalign. Don't miss this trusted resource!
As an orthodontist, I see people every day who have questions about their teeth. They want to know what they can do to get the best possible smile. And after all, who can blame them? A beautiful smile is, well, beautiful! But there is a lot more to it than that – believe it or not.
Beautiful smiles come in all shapes and sizes, that is for sure. But the one thing that they usually all have in common is nicely aligned teeth. Even if others feel as though your smile is beautiful without having aligned teeth, you probably don’t agree. And the person that you need to please is the one looking back at you in the mirror each day!
Many people seek information about how to get their teeth aligned properly, but most of those people want to avoid the old metal braces they saw kids wear during their youth. That’s where Invisalign® comes in handy.
Invisalign’s® technology offers a wide range of benefits to those who want the benefits of braces but without the neon sign pointing to their mouth to let everyone know that they are undergoing treatment.
About the Book
That’s where this book can help you. I wrote this book to give consumers a complete guide to Invisalign®. Throughout the pages of this book, I aim to give you the ins and outs this revolutionary tooth-alignment system, how it works, and how to get started with it, should you choose to improve your smile.
My mission is to hopefully answer all your questions about Invisalign®, and then some! After reading this book, you should be confident in your decision and comfortable with the treatment process.
Many people fear going to the dentist or orthodontist. Often times they aren’t even sure why they have this fear. I believe it is because they don’t always know what to expect once they get settled in the chair and the light moves in on them. I hope that this book helps to diminish those fears.
The more you know about the Invisalign® system, including how it works, the more comfortable you will feel choosing it to improve your smile. I believe after you read this book you will agree with me that Invisalign® is certainly a route worth considering!
To Your Spectacular Smile,
Dr. Dustin Burleson
President & Founder, Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Click here to buy the book on Amazon.com
"I always though braces were for kids. With a little encouragement from my spouse, I was able to get a great new smile without missing much work and pretty much no pain... much easier than I expected."
- Jordan W.
"Now I am proud of my smile, which I wear all the time."
- Dr. Emily D. (Dental Specialist)
"...wanted to take this opportunity to say congrats and to THANK YOU so much for all the kindness you have shown me in the short time I had my braces on. The staff never failed to meet my needs to change appointments due to work. This was very much appreciated by me.
You are amazing people. Never doubt it for a minute."
- Pat C.
The Ins and Outs of Invisalign (Acrobat PDF Download)