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Is invisalign effective?

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Dr. Thomas Wollschlager
Dentistry 26 years experience
Invisalign: In short yes, invisalign has made great improvements over the last several years. I have used invisalign for the past seven years and obtain results equal to traditional braces.The main advantage is the comfort of the invisalign over traditional braces, much less tooth pain and no wires (cutting the lips).
Dr. Sharon Perelman
Dentistry 29 years experience
Invisalign: Invisalign is a way to straighten your teeth without the typical metal brackets and wires. Clear aligners are worn continuously except to eat or brush. The process is computer generated. About every two weeks the aligners are changed to the new alignment of the teeth. A big advantage is you can maintain you hygiene easier. See your dentist or orthodontist
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry 29 years experience
Depends: Invisalign is not effective for all cases. You need to consult with your dentist to decide if it is appropriate for your specific problem.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 45 years experience
Very: Invisalign is extremely effective in straightening teeth. It uses an aligner method, and a series of trays with pressure points to move teeth through bone.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Orthodontics 36 years experience
Very: Clear aligner treatments have been demonstrated to be very effective. However, the applicability of this type of orthodontic treatment is dependent upon your individual needs. That necessitates an examination by an orthodontic specialist.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes!: It is a very effective orthodontic approach for teens and adults. Especially with new improvements such as g4 attachments and smart track material.
Dr. Matthew Kooyman
Cosmetic Dentistry 21 years experience
Very much so: They are great especially if you do not want the teenage bracket look. Most people don't notice you have them on. You can have even the most severely crowed teeth straightened with invisalign.
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry 48 years experience
Generally yes: My experience indicates that case selection is very important. Even the company admits that several additional sets of aligners may be necessary.
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Very: Most orthodontic cases can be improved with invisalign, but this is predicated on the experience of the practitioner. However, the effectiveness of the appliance is solely dependent upon 100% cooperation of the patient in wearing the appliances 21-22 hours per day. It also may entail the use of auxiliary treatment such as elastics to effect the desirable result. Consult an experienced doctor.
Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 36 years experience
Absolutely : Invisalign can bring about amazing results without the negative effects of braces. The important ingredient is not the "invisalign" doing such a great job, it's the dentist who is diagnosing and managing the degree of effectiveness of what invisalign aligners can do. There are some cases that would be better treated with traditional braces. A consult with an experienced dentist is crucial.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Please note that an experienced Dentist is note the same thing as an experienced Orthodontist when it comes to answering Orthodontic questions. Additionally more and more articles have been appearing outlining the difference in treatment results...clear aligners only about half as effective as traditional braces.
Jun 27, 2014
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Yes: in certain cases. It is not the right solution for everyone, but when we think a patient is a good candidate, we have seen excellent results with invisalign
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
40-50% at best: Research shows braces twice as effective as clear aligners in the hands of a qualified Orthodontic Specialist.

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How effective is invisalign?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area.
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What exactly is invisalign? How effective is it?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Orthodontics: Invisalign is a special type of orthodontic treatment using a series of clear retainers to move and align teeth without brackets, bands, and wires that are commonly used in traditional orthodontic therapy. Your dentist or orthodontist can advise you if you are a candidate for invisalign as not all malocclusions can be treated with the technique.

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