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Invisalign Overview

Americans of all ages are spending more time and money improving their smiles through cosmetic dental work or orthodontics. Why? A recent survey of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 92 percent of adults surveyed cited an attractive smile as a social asset – but only 50 percent of those adults were satisfied with their own smile. Until recent years, the number of adults willing to undergo treatment was low. Few adults want to endure the “metal mouth” look. Some experts attribute our recent attention to orthodontics to more aesthetic, less noticeable treatment options made possible by cutting-edge technology. One of the most popular, and most high-tech, of these innovations is Invisalign.

Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth using a series of clear, almost invisible, removable Aligners. Invisalign combines the doctor’s clinical treatment plan with proprietary 3-D, computer-generated software to make these sets of unique, custom-made Aligners that move teeth in very precise increments.

With recent advances in technology, the number of low-profile, comfortable, and convenient treatment solutions is increasing. Once in the dentist or orthodontist’s chair, many adults find a solution that fits their treatment needs and lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Invisalign?
lnvisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that allows doctors to straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable, nearly invisible, plastic appliances called Aligners.

Q. How does Invisalign work?
The patient meets with an Invisalign-certified dentist or orthodontist who takes orthodontic records of the patient’s teeth, including impressions, and fills out an lnvisalign treatment planning or “prescription” form and sends all the material to Align Technology.

At Align, a mold is poured of the patient’s teeth and digitized. Align then uses its advanced, 3-D imaging software to generate a graphical representation of the doctor’s treatment plan — almost like an animated “movie” of the way the patient’s teeth will move from the current position to the final desired position.

The doctor reviews and approves the 3-D movie on a secure portion of Align’s website. From these images, Align Technology produces a series of clear, plastic Aligners that correspond to the stages of tooth movement in the 3-D movie.

The patient wears each stage of Aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. Week by week, the patient’s teeth are straightened millimeter by millimeter.

Q. Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Doctors have successfully used removable appliances for years for very limited treatment. With the application of 3-D computer technology and mass-customization, lnvisalign can be used to treat almost anyone who wants straighter teeth.

Q. What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Nearly invisible: You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Removable: You can eat and drink what you want.
Better oral hygiene: You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and
Comfortable: There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasion.

Q. Who can benefit from Invisalign?
Experienced doctors can use lnvisalign to treat the vast majority of people who want straighter
teeth. The only criterion is that the patient must have their second molars. According to the
Journal of the American Dental Association, two-thirds to three-fourths of American adults (between 136 and 154 million) have some sort of malocclusion (crooked teeth) and could benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Q. How long does treatment take?
Like traditional braces, the length of treatment depends on the complexity of the case.
Treatment time is about the same as conventional braces, between 6 and 18 months.

Q. Can any doctor treat patients with Invisalign?
Doctors must attend and complete an Invisalign certification seminar to treat patients with Invisalign. To date, more than 70 percent of orthodontists in North American have become lnvisalign-certified, and Align is currently certifying general practitioner dentists. Align also provides doctors with many opportunities for continuing education and advanced lnvisalign training.

Q. How much does lnvisalign cost?
lnvisalign is priced by the treating doctor, not by Align. Several factors impact cost of treatment, such as the complexity of the case, market price within the patient’s geographic area, etc. An Align survey of certified doctors across the country indicates that average fees for lnvisalign range from $3500 — $5500.

Q. Does insurance cover lnvisalign?
Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional braces also covers lnvisalign. In addition, many doctors offer in-office financing. Financing is available through Capital One Health Care Finance.

Q. How many people are in treatment with the lnvisalign System?
More than 80,000 patients have entered treatment with lnvisalign.

Q. Is Invisalign FDA approved?
lnvisalign has FDA clearance as a Class I device.



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