Invisalign retainers are probably one of the most revolutionary and innovative advancements in the world of contemporary orthodontics since the advent of the metal brace in the 1970s. Since early 2000, Invisalign in Luton has helped restore the smiles of innumerable happy customers, and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. This revolutionary method of discreet dental realignment acts by replacing the need for conventional fused braces with a plastic, removable retainer. When worn over the course of treatment, which varies depending on the extent of the treatment required, but typically lasts around twelve months, the retainer utilises custom placed pressure points to gradually push the patient’s teeth into their correct alignment – which is outlined by the patient’s dental practitioners prior to beginning treatment.
The Invisalign story first began in 1997, when Stanford University graduate Zia Chishti first came up with the idea of replacing fused, metal braces, which are often uncomfortable and cumbersome, with a replaceable plastic retainer. As an adult orthodontic patient himself, Chishti struggled with his own brace, this spurred him on to seek a new method of dental alignment. Despite having no first-hand dental experience, Chishti sought the aid of fellow Stanford graduate Kelsey Wirth, the team moved to San Jose, California, and began to work out the logistics of their idea and slowly but surely, the Invisalign system began to come to pass. One of the main factors of the Invisalign system, is its utilisation of a specialist, patterned plastic known as SmartTrack – which is used for its uniquely malleable, yet firm consistency.
Fits like a glove
Each installation of Invisalign is uniquely designed around the contours of each patient’s mouth, and as such is tailored perfectly around their teeth. This means that, when worn, the retainer fits so snugly over their teeth that it is practically invisible. This discreet nature of Invisalign is one of the main persuading factors which has helped the process become vastly popular within the demographic of teenagers and young adults, as it allows them to undertake essential dental realignment, without attracting any unwanted attention from their peers or colleagues.
Another one of Invisalign’s key influencing factors behind its success is the removable nature of the treatment. Unlike conventional methods of orthodontics, such as fused metal braces, the Invisalign retainer is entirely removable. This uniquely allows for patients to undertake the process at a time which suits them, such as when at home or asleep. Another benefit of the removable nature of the Invisalign process is that patients can enjoy any meals they wish to, which is something often unavailable to those who are undertaking conventional methods of dental alignment, as food can often get stuck in their braces. This allows patients who are undertaking Invisalign treatment to smile on through each stage of their dental journey, whilst achieving a more aligned and healthier looking smile. Those who opt for the Invisalign method of dental alignment – through the use of 3D digital rendering – can witness each stage of the process, and what they can expect the results to be. This can be massively beneficial in spurring them on, instilling confidence in the process as well as boosting their self-esteem.