It seems like traditional wire braces have been the go-to procedure for the correction of dental occlusions and other orthodontic issues. However, Align Technology’s Invisalign system, accepted by the FDA in 1998 and put into the marketplace a year after that, has offered a much more aesthetically pleasing way of correcting jaws by way of transparent molds. The system is a multistage procedure where the dental correction process transitions from the patient’s current teeth and toward the desired goal. Every so often, the dental practitioner takes another mold of the patient’s improved jaw(s) in order to create progressively more effective molds.
The inspiration for the Invisalign system of clear braces according to Casler Dental Group in Tulsa OK originates from an observation by Align Technology co-founder Zia Chishti. Zia had previously required dental work and noticed that removing his dental retainer caused his teeth to move back to their misaligned state. This observation, coupled with an awareness that the retainer seemed to do a world of good for solving his occlusion issues.
While this particular inspiration in dental health has been quite revolutionary, with most North American dental practitioners now possessed of the proper training in the treatment, initial reception to the system was lukewarm at best. The initial hard sell of the Invisalign dental treatment system was due to the dearth of experience within the dental profession/industry; Chishti was a computer technician and Kelsey Wirth was a fellow student at Stanford, their only experience with orthodontic issues were that they had both worn braces at one time or another. While clear braces had been considered as far back as a decade prior to the duo’s revolutionary approach, the material and construction costs were prohibitively expensive.
After going though a lot of the information regarding the Invisalign orthodontic system, I believe that it would have been a superior option over the standard wire braces I had to endure through my middle and high school years. Since that system makes use of only a retainer, it means that dental hygiene is a lot less tricky to enforce. While a retain is easily removed to brush and floss, wearing a metal set of wire braces meant that I had to be extra dutiful in brushing; brushing with a specialty toothbrush that came with a pipe cleaner on the rear end in order to clean between the wires. I truly believe that if my parents would have set me up with the Invisalign system, I would have a much more pleasing smile.
More than enough of a point can be made for the social drawbacks of having an improperly aligned smile. When you couple that problem for a child with being forced to wear a full set of metal braces, possibly with a headgear for further correction, the idea of having a transparent and less obtrusive means of dental correction seems like an incredibly preferable option.
Honestly, comparing Invisalign to regular metal wire braces seems to bring up hardly any contest. Invisalign is a better looking, less obtrusive, and less cumbersome method of dental correction over traditional wire braces. The only reason I can see for someone to invest in wire braces over Invisalign clear braces is financial reasons. There’s also something to be said for being able to eat whatever sort of food you want, regardless of consequences.