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3 Ways Invisalign Has Improved Over the Years

Feb 13, 2024
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3 Ways Invisalign Has Improved Over the Years

Invisalign® has transformed orthodontic care, helping millions of people improve their smile quickly and comfortably. And the technology keeps getting better.

At Solay Dental in Oldsmar, New Port Richey, and Brandon, Florida, our compassionate dentist Dr. Shiva Soleimani is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental services to meet the needs of the community we serve. In addition to dental cleanings and fillings, we also offer Invisalign to help our patients get straighter teeth and a better smile.

In this month’s blog, we want to talk about the innovative teeth-straightening system and how it’s improved over the years.

1. Digital scanning for customized plans

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses a series of clear aligners to gently shift your teeth into better alignment. You wear your aligners all day, removing them to eat and brush your teeth, switching out to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, or as directed by Dr. Soleimani.

Invisalign uses digital scanning to get precise images of the teeth in order to create customized aligners that fit well and move the teeth according to plan. In the early days of Invisalign, not everyone received aligners that fit perfectly.

In 2011, Invisalign added advanced digital scanning technology, improving image accuracy and patient experience.

The digital scanning technology creates detailed images of the teeth and mouth, improving aligner customization. It also maps out your treatment plan, giving you an opportunity to see exactly how the aligners move your teeth into a more perfect position.

With advanced digital scanning, you see your new smile before you start treatment.

2. SmartTrack for precise movement

In 2013, Invisalign made an upgrade to the clear aligners with SmartTrack. A patented thermoplastic, SmartTrack improves fit and comfort of the aligners and makes it easier for you to insert and remove them.

Because SmartTrack fits the teeth better, it has more control over movement, providing even better results.

3. Expanding treatment for all ages

In the early days, Invisalign was only approved to treat adults with crooked teeth. Today, Invisalign is an option for people of all ages, including children and teens.

In 2017, Invisalign introduced mandibular advancement, a clear aligning system to treat an overbite. Orthodontists must move the jaw forward in order to fix an overbite. Traditionally, they use hardware and elastics to create the movement.

Mandibular advancement is a clear aligner with side wings that sit between premolars and first molars. When you bite down, the wings hold the lower jaw in a forward position, slowly moving the lower jaw forward into alignment with the upper jaw. This Invisalign improvement gives teens with an overbite a more comfortable treatment option.

Recently, the teeth-straightening system introduced Invisalign First™, a clear aligning system that improves the jaw and arch in kids before their adult teeth come in.

With continued advancements, Invisalign may eliminate the need for traditional metal braces.

Do you have crooked teeth? Are you looking for a quick, discreet, and comfortable solution to improve your smile? Schedule your Invisalign consultation at our office by calling today or clicking the online booking button.

We offer teeth whitening, invisalign, dental implants, and fillers located in OLDSMAR, BRANDON, AND NEW PORT RICHEY, FL.

Call us to book your appointment today.