Invisalign has become accepted as a means of orthodontic treatment, used either as stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other appliances.
The primary appeal of Invisalign is that it is removable and almost invisible. This means that it is attractive for adult patients who to date, have been unwilling to undergo the traditional orthodontic treatment with braces.
Currently, 1.3 million patients are in treatment worldwide with around 55,000 orthodontists and dentists who are trained to use Invisalign. In Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, over 600 orthodontists and dentists have been trained to treat patients with Invisalign.
Invisalign involves the construction of a series of clear hard retainers, which when worn over a period of time, progressively move the teeth into alignment. As simple as this may seem, there are limitations, with Invisalign not suitable for everyone.
Patient compliance and responsibility is crucial to gain the best possible results, as the retainer needs to be worn for the correct time period.