Invisalign is a great treatment option for straightening your teeth, but it has one significant drawback: the amount of time it took. Invisalign used to take as long as traditional orthodontics. But since the introduction of Six Month Smiles, Invisalign seems to take too long for the cases it treats.
But not any more: most people can now get Invisalign treatment in half the time. This announcement comes from Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, who say that while in the past people had to wear aligners for two weeks, now they may only have to wear them for one week.
Ceaseless Innovation Yields Faster Results
It may seem like this announcement is sudden, but it actually comes after years of intense research, innovation, and testing. Align Technology is dedicated to constantly improving the Invisalign process, and they have introduced many innovations that have culminated in this announcement.
One of these innovations is the SmartTrack material. Because the Invisalign Aligners are plastic, they get stretched out over time. That means the amount of force they provide diminishes over time. In the past, it diminished rapidly, so the aligner needed more time to complete its movement. But with SmartTrack material, which is tougher and more elastic, the aligner is able to deliver more force over a longer time. That means you’ll get more movement faster.
Another innovation is the SmartForce additions, small nubs bonded on the teeth that allow the aligner to exert more controlled force on a tooth. These plastic nubs are still tooth-colored, so the treatment remains almost invisible.
Finally, there’s SmartStage, updated planning software for Invisalign cases that optimizes the movement of both crown and root. By taking the optimal path, Invisalign can avoid wasteful movements that slow treatment down.
The combination of these technologies means that you can get your Invisalign treatment in half the time, if cosmetic dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian thinks it’s appropriate in your case.
The Benefits of Faster
We understand that getting straighter teeth faster is its own benefit, but that’s not the only benefit from cutting treatment time in half.
One benefit many people enjoy is not maintaining the same aligner for two weeks. Because the aligners are plastic, they can get discolored by staining drinks. And aligners can acquire some odor over the course of two weeks if not cared for fastidiously. But with one week aligner wear, these concerns are much less important.
Another benefit is that there’s less risk of oral health problems related to orthodontic treatment. Even with good care, some Invisalign patients experience decay while getting treatment. But that risk is dramatically reduced with shorter treatment time.
Are You Looking for Faster Orthodontic Treatment?
If you are looking for orthodontic treatment that’s faster than traditional braces, we may be able to help. Not only do we offer Invisalign, but we also offer Six Month Smiles and traditional braces.
Please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, OH.