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Invisalign facts (fact #1, they're invisible!)

Facts About Invisalign!

There is so much to know about Invisalign – we thought we would share the facts!

  • Invisalign is manufactured by Align Technology, Inc.
  • Invisalign was “born” in 1997 and founded by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth.
  • Chishti was an orthodontic patient himself, and while using his retainer post-treatment, he realized that a similar approach could be used for the entire orthodontic treatment!
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Invisalign in 1998.
  • In 2000 Align Technology spent $31 million dollars in an aggressive television advertising campaign (New York Times called it “the most aggressive consumer advertising plan the dental profession has ever seen”)!!
  • Invisalign went public in 2001.
  • In 2005 The Harvard School of Dental Medicine began requiring its ortho grad students to complete Invisalign certification prior to graduating.
  • Invisalign is a series of thermoplastic, clear, BPA-free aligners used in orthodontic treatment as an alternative to braces.
  • The aligners are custom-made for the patient (you!).
  • In order to create the aligners made specifically for the patient, x-rays, pictures, and impressions will need to be taken.
  • All orthodontic diagnosis for Invisalign is done digitally.
  • Aligners are worn for about 14 days, or 2 weeks, at a time.
  • There are no wires or metal brackets with Invisalign.
  • Invisalign corrects many orthodontic problems including crowding, underbite, overbite, spacing, and deep bite (all ranges of malocclusion).
  • Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces.
  • Aligners need to be work for at least 22 hours a day.
  • If you have an important event, such as a date, an interview, a photoshoot, or whatever else, you can remove your aligners for a short amount of time for that!
  • Total treatment time in Invisalign is generally one year.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear, which makes them invisible to the eye!
  • It is easier to keep your teeth clean with Invisalign (in comparison to metal braces).
  • There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink with Invisalign.
  • Teens wear their Invisalign aligners more diligently than adults patients!
  • More than 3 MILLION patients have been treated with Invisalign.

Whew. If you want to know more about Invisalign after reading all of these interesting facts, contact us! We can set you up for a complimentary consultation or just talk to you.

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Adults at AAO Meeting

Adults Seek Orthodontic Treatment

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As most of our patients (roughly 90%!) are adults, we at Embassy Row Orthodontics already knew that more adults seeking orthodontic treatment was higher than ever! While we get a wide range in ages of patients (patients range from as young as age 7, to over age 65!), we are seeing more older, non-teenager patients than ever before.

The Dental Tribune reports that from 2012 to 2014, “adults seeking treatment from orthodontists in the United States and Canada increased 16 percent, resulting in a record high of 1,441,000 patients ages 18 and older, according to the American Association of Orthodontists’ “Economics of Orthodontics” survey of 2014.”

That’s a huge amount! Why are so many adults opting for orthodontic treatment now?

  • A healthy and straight smile is directly related to higher social and professional success
  • Treatment is much more affordable now. Ten or so years ago, many patients could not afford orthodontics and it was seen as a more cosmetic, rather than necessary, treatment. (Contact us for a complimentary consultation!)
  • There are options for subtle, hidden treatment
  • A straight, aligned smile leads to better oral health

Some fascinating facts… Did you know?

  • An estimated 27% of orthodontic patients in North America are over the age of 18
  • 92% of adults that have gone orthodontic treatment would recommend to others
  • 75% of adults say that success in personal and career life is related to orthodontic treatment

Teeth can really be moved at any age, even with the common misconception that orthodontics is limited to teenagers. Whether you are interested in braces or Invisalign, or just want to know more about orthodontics and our services, we are here to help. As leading experts in the orthodontic field (Dr. Hickory was one of the original Invisalign pioneers), we know what we are doing.

Read the full article from Dental Tribune here.

(Source: Dental Tribune and American Association of Orthodontics)

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