Invisible braces were taken to the next level in 1999 when Invisalign became available. In 2000, the creator of Invisalign, Align Technology, launched its first U.S. national consumer campaign, according to the Align Technology website. This treatment became a great asset to many orthodontists, who were reaching out to the adult demographic.
Invisalign consists of custom-made aligners or silver braces created for each patient. They are made from smooth and virtually invisible plastic. Invisalign allows patients to have the freedom to brush, floss, eat and drink without braces getting in the way.
Invisalign is available to teens as well. The difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen includes the blue dot indicator- which fades when worn consistently- an extra six aligners and the prevention of supra eruption for the second molars.
In 1998, revolutionary digital technology was created to enhance child orthodontics. The SureSmile system takes a detailed 3D image of each patient. With this advanced technology, the entire treatment is seen from beginning to end.
Orthodontic businesses are always working to develop more precise, high-tech methods of treatment. Braces have transformed greatly, and it doesn't end here. The possibility of having a shorter treatment plan, less discomfort, and smaller, less visible braces are within reach.