While medicine is constantly evolving and changing, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that metal braces saw very few advancements in between when they were first used and when Invisalign hit the market. For most of the last century, metal braces used the same bracket and wire construction, with some innovations being made in the type of metal used in brackets and wires, the placement of the brackets, and how the wire is inserted into the brackets. The introduction of rubber bands, spacers, and bridges have made it possible to significantly change a person’s bite, with all sorts of orthodontic applications. All of these inventions provided slight changes to how orthodontists work. Only Invisalign completely overhauled the profession.
Invisalign made it possible for those who would never choose to have metal braces, either for cosmetic or for health reasons, to get the straighter teeth they want. Invisalign has solved many of the most common concerns that come along with metal braces and their variations, the biggest change being an orthodontic treatment that can be removed from the mouth for eating and cleaning, but which is still just as effective as metal braces are.
What’s next for Invisalign? Aligners are really only suitable for mild to moderate cases and some severe cases. With new advancements in their own technology and new innovations that make it easier to move teeth how they need to be moved, it is possible that Invisalign will eventually completely replace metal braces. Because they are covered by most dental insurance plans and are of comparable cost to metal braces, it is possible that aligners could overtake and eventually completely get rid of metal braces altogether.
My presentation will presents numerous cases to shoe the effectiveness of the invsalign technology.