Most things are a whole lot more complicated than we think they are and we may lack appreciation for them as a result. There are all kinds of specialized industries, business and medical specialties that require a whole lot of time, patience, education and training in order to get people who perform work in their respective fields to be proficient at what they do and to continue making progress. Orthodontics, for example, is a field that has undergone literally thousands of years of thought and progression in order to go from the ancient, crude metal loops that ancient Egyptians had around their teeth to the Invisalign method that is available today.
It may come as a surprise to learn that ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago made efforts to correct their teeth. Crowding and spacing issues are a common defect with human beings and always have been since we emerged from the primordial ooze, evolved and slowly began to walk upright on this green earth. Archeological evidence found metal bands around the base of the individual teeth of mummified remains in ancient Egyptian tombs. Egyptians built the pyramids and we still don’t know how, so the fact that they were the first to perform orthodontic procedures is not too surprising considering all of the other amazing things they were capable of.
Braces have evolved considerably over the years but only the last several hundred years has there been a significant amount of relevant progress made. This is a matter that requires a lot of thought from a lot of creative minds. Philosophers, doctors, sculptors and artists have all provided pieces of the solutions that we have at our disposal today but it took a very long to time to arrive at where we are. Like in a lot of businesses and industries, technology was the key and until certain advances were made, progress in all kinds of areas was at a relative standstill. Invisalign braces are only possible because of very recent advances in technological areas like digital computer imaging and the advent of 3-D printing.
3-D models can now be produced with highly specialized software in order to better understand and accelerate orthodontic treatment times. With Invisalign, a 3-D image of patient’s teeth is rendered using a mapping apparatus and the Invisalign software compiles a sequence of images that all bring the smile more closely into alignment. This digital imagery is then physically manifested with the use of a 3-D printer to create 3-D aligners made out of hard plastic that are custom-designed for the patient to wear according to the schedule that their dentist and orthodontist sets for them. These aligners only have to be worn for 2-3 weeks each and they are sometimes capable of doing the work that braces do in half the time.
Not everyone is eligible for the Invisalign treatment because there are simply too many scenarios where someone needs a more specific approach, no matter how customized the Invisalign process is. It is as popular as it is mostly because it is one of the only ways to straighten teeth without others being able to see. The plastic aligners are transparent and extremely thin so the only evidence of them can only be seen in bright light where their glossy, smooth finish reflects the light that they are exposed to. Many adults that have already considered the options available to make braces less noticeable and have long-since decided against them, are open to the idea of Invisalign because of how truly inconspicuous it is.
Many before and after photos of people who have gone through the Invisalign smile correction process are available online and on individual orthodontist web pages. Celebrities and notable public figures have undergone this procedure under the recommendation and with the blessing of their orthodontists. There are some serious alignment and jaw occlusion issues that it simply is not capable of handling; however when aesthetics, a quick turn-around time and discretion are the main concerns Invisalign will normally fit the bill. Orthodontists and dentists with specialized training and the proper equipment are both capable of administering this method.
There are of course less technologically advanced ways for one to go about straightening their teeth and one of these methods may be required if Invisalign is not the right answer. Braces that are applied to the back surface of one’s teeth are available with some orthodontists and there are brackets for braces that are made out of materials like plastic and ceramic that help them blend in better with a patient’s teeth than stainless steel.