For many people, Invisalign’s plastic aligner trays have been a preferred option to traditional braces for correcting dental issues.

They’re practically invisible and provide a safe and effective way to achieve a straighter smile. But they’ve come a long way since they were first developed!

There are a number of benefits of Invisalign, thanks to its improvements over the years.

The Latest Advancements and Benefits of Invisalign

Approved by the FDA in 1998, Invisalign has been around for quite some time. However, the treatment process has changed since then, as many advancements have been made. The benefits of Invisalign make it a preferred choice for many seeking to correct dental issues. Here’s what you should know:

1. Length of Treatment Has Decreased

When Invisalign was first introduced, the average treatment length was 12 months or longer, and the patient swapped aligner trays every two to three weeks. Now, the average treatment length is around six months because trays are changed weekly, delivering faster results. That’s significantly less time than people typically have traditional braces.

One of the other benefits of Invisalign is that it can be paired with Propel, which is a way to accelerate your treatment. Propel can help move the teeth into position up to 50% faster than just Invisalign alone, making it a safe and effective way to reduce treatment time.

2. There’s 3D Technology for Making Impressions

Making impressions of your teeth is a required step in creating your Invisalign trays. Early on, putty was used in order to develop the impression. It wasn’t always a welcome experience for orthodontic patients to go through, as the putty was unpleasant for some. Currently, the iTero 3D scanner is used to generate images of every angle of your mouth. These images are generated quickly and efficiently, making it a smoother and more accurate process.

3. Aligner Trays Have Become More Comfortable

In the past, Invisalign trays weren’t very forgiving, sometimes making them uncomfortable.  Invisalign has since implemented their patented SmartTrack material, which applies gentle, constant force to move teeth into their desired position.

One of the other benefits of Invisalign is that they’ve implemented SmartForce. These are tiny attachments that can be used to correct more difficult dental issues that typically would have required traditional braces. These attachments help the aligner trays provide additional force to move the teeth.

Whether you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, we can help! Find an orthodontist near you!