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3 Ways Invisalign Has Improved Over the Years

There’s a lot to love about Invisalign®, so it’s no wonder this treatment took the industry by storm when it arrived in the late ’90s.

And that was only the beginning.

Invisalign technology gets better with each passing year, proving it’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted — quickly, discreetly, and comfortably. 

DentAlign NYC in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan is your one-stop shop for dental services in New York City. Whether you need general dentistry treatment, seek cosmetic solutions, or dream of a straighter, more beautiful smile, Dr. Kenn Kakosian can help.

In this month’s blog, Dr. Kakosian shares updates on the innovative Invisalign teeth-straightening system and how it’s improved over the years.

1. Digital scanning for proven results

Most people know that Invisalign uses clear aligners to shift teeth into a more ideal position. You simply wear them all day — removing them to eat, drink, and brush — and switch to a new set every 1-2 weeks, or as directed by Dr. Kakosian.

To make the custom aligners, Invisalign uses patented digital scanning to capture precise images of the teeth. That allows the system to create customized aligners that fit perfectly and move the teeth according to plan. 

In the early days of Invisalign, not all aligners fit correctly. Fortunately, Invisalign added advanced digital scanning technology in 2011. This game-changing advancement helped improve image accuracy and patient experience.

Invisalign’s digital scanning technology now captures detailed images of the teeth and mouth, improving the customization process for each aligner tray. 

On top of that, the technology maps out your treatment plan. That means you can see how the aligners move your teeth into a more ideal position before you even start.

2. SmartTrack for comfortable and more precise corrections

People often assume Invisalign aligners are regular plastic. But they’re far more than that — and they got an upgrade in 2013 to SmartTrack.

SmartTrack is a patented thermoplastic. This advancement helps improve the fit and comfort of the aligners, making it easier for you to remove and insert them.

Plus, since SmartTrack fits the teeth better, it provides more control over movement. You can expect better results even with complex movements.

3. Treatment options that work at every age

When Invisalign first came on the scene, it was reserved for adults with crooked teeth. Now, it’s an option for all ages — including children and teens.

In 2017, Invisalign made headlines by introducing mandibular advancement to treat overbites. This alignment issue typically required an orthodontist to move the jaw forward to correct it, meaning the hardware and elastics from braces to create the necessary movement. 

The revolutionary Invisalign mandibular advancement solves this problem. It’s a clear aligner with side wings between premolars and first molars. The design slowly moves the lower jaw into alignment with the upper by holding the lower jaw in a forward position when biting down.

That gives teens with an overbite a more comfortable treatment option.

Even more recently, the company introduced Invisalign First™. This clear aligning system offers even more solutions for youngsters by improving their jaw and arch before adult teeth come in. 

At this rate, Invisalign may eliminate the need for traditional metal braces altogether.

Ready to make your crooked teeth or alignment issues a distant memory? Want a discreet, quick, and comfortable solution to get the smile of your dreams? Schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Kakosian by calling DentAlign NYC or requesting a visit online today.

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