Orthodontics for adult and adolescent patients are improving every day, giving patients more options than ever before to straighten their smiles. And now with the introduction of Align Technology’s next generation of Invisalign technology, teens and their parents are flocking to the orthodontist’s office to get the smile they’ve always dreamed of.
The new SmartTrack technology is a proprietary material that is more elastic than the previous material used in Invisalign aligners. That means there is more constant force applied to the teeth to improve the control of the movement of teeth. SmartTrack was announced by Align Technology in October and became readily available for use by orthodontists in the beginning of 2013.
Patients have been requesting Invisalign from their orthodontists for years because of how easy and comfortable the system is to use. It works through a series of invisible aligners that are custom fit for each individual patient. Each aligner is fully removable and made from a smooth, clear plastic. Over the course of treatment, the aligners work to gradually move teeth to their desired locations. An aligner is worn for two weeks at a time. Because they are able to be removed, patients can maintain their regular diet and maintain their standard oral care regimen. And the best news of all for adult patients or anyone who wishes to straighten their teeth discretely is that Invisalign is completely invisible.
The clinical results that have been seen from studies so far have been nothing short of fantastic.
The material used in previous aligners was found to relax a bit over time, which resulted in a loss of the energy required to move teeth. SmartTrack changes that because the proprietary material used to create the aligner keeps a constant force on the teeth over the course of the two weeks each aligner is worn. The material is also more flexible, which means it can fit a patient’s teeth even better. This creates improved control over the tooth movement process. Align Technology completed a study of more than 1,000 patients treated with the new design that showed dramatic improvement in control over patients wearing the previous Invisalign aligners.
What makes Invisalign so effective is the gentle yet constant force it uses to guide teeth. The periodontal tissues and other areas of the mouth respond more positively to these forces.
And the new aligners give patients something they rarely expect in orthodontic treatment – a comfortable and pleasant experience.
For Invisalign to work correctly, it has to fit as close to the teeth as possible. The proprietary medical grade thermoplastic used to make the SmartTrack aligners fits even more closely to the teeth than the previous aligners did. It is fully elastic, so even if it were to become stretched, it will immediately return to its normal shape. This elasticity keeps teeth more closely in line with the desired tooth movement as planned by the orthodontist.
SmartTrack has become the new standard in Invisalign treatment. But that doesn’t mean patients who started treatment with the old aligners have to start over again. Orthodontists are able to continue to follow the plans they created at the beginning of a patient’s treatment. Patients will experience the same excellence they have had during the course of their time with the orthodontist.
For patients who may have been putting off orthodontic treatment for fear of unsightly wires or uncomfortable brackets, there’s no better time to make an appointment with an orthodontist. Invisalign SmartTrack is invisible, comfortable and most importantly, effective. To learn more about SmartTrack or to get that beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of, call your orthodontist.