What is Invisalign and How Does it Work?

How does Invisalign's dental treatment system work and what is it made of? Is it a gimmick or comparable to traditional metal braces? 


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Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment used to straighten gapped or crooked teeth. The treatment is offered by orthodontists and general dentists. Patients interested in Invisalign must have a mold made of their teeth. The mold is sent to Align Technologies, the parent company of Invisalign and a series of clear plastic aligners is made. The dental aligners are designed to carefully apply force to invidual teeth, eventually leaving a patient with straight teeth at the conclusion of their treatment. Invisalign treatments are carefully monitored by a dental professional, to make sure a patient's teeth are aligning correctly. Invisalign has successfully been used by nearly 3 million patients, clearing showing it is not a gimmick. The goal of traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners are the same - to straighten a person's teeth. However, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are inconspicuous.