10 Super Cool Things You Didn't Know About Invisalign®

invisalign, OPĒS Health Channelside, Victor Cruz, MD

Nothing can increase your confidence like a brilliant smile, and Invisalign makes it easier than ever to get one. Since May 2000, Invisalign has quickly become an industry favorite for teeth straightening, and it has improved more than 5 million smiles worldwide.

At OPĒS Health Channelside in Tampa, Florida, Victor Cruz, MD, and his team help men, women, and teenagers achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted with the barely visible Invisalign system. But Invisalign’s discrete approach to teeth straightening isn’t the only thing patients love about the innovative system. Here are 10 super cool things you might not know about Invisalign.

1. Each individual treatment is unique

The Invisalign system involves wearing a series of removable, custom plastic aligners that you replace every two weeks or so. With each new slightly adjusted set of aligners, your teeth are gradually repositioned to give you a perfect smile.

Dr. Cruz designs your personalized treatment plan using Invisalign’s patented ClinCheck® technology. This cutting-edge software enables Dr. Cruz to fine-tune your custom aligners specifically for your treatment.

2. You know what your teeth will look like

Invisalign removes the mystery of teeth straightening thanks to its advanced technology. During your first appointment, Dr. Cruz captures a 3-D image of your teeth using Invisalign’s iTero® Element scanner. This tool enables him to create detailed previews of your smile so you’ll know exactly what to expect throughout your treatment.

3. It’s all about controlled pressure

The Invisalign tooth straightening system applies carefully controlled pressure against your teeth, which is designed to be steady and consistent. This approach ensures a more comfortable experience as your teeth slowly move into a more ideal position.

4. Invisalign trays are made from special material

Your Invisalign aligner trays may look like common plastic, but Dr. Cruz fabricates them from SmartTrack®, an FDA-approved, medical-grade thermoplastic. This state-of-the-art material doesn’t contain latex, gluten, or chemicals such as bisphenol-A or bisphenol-S.

5. You get results fast

When you straighten your teeth with Invisalign, you can expect to see your desired smile up to 50% faster than with traditional metal braces. This is because Invisalign aligner trays can move your teeth up to one-third of a millimeter in two weeks. Throughout your treatment, you wear your custom aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

6. Invisalign can slim your waistline

Your removable aligners are easy to take out to eat and drink, but it’s essential you clean your teeth and aligners before putting them back. This extra step can make you think twice about reaching for that afternoon snack. Dr. Cruz also recommends drinking plenty of water while wearing your Invisalign aligners. This will keep your mouth fresh and moist and can also provide additional weight loss benefits.

7. Office visits are quick and hassle-free

Over the course of your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Cruz and his team will check your progress every six weeks or so to ensure you’re on track. Since the Invisalign system uses no wires or brackets, visits are quick and simple, and you’ll be on your way in no time.

8. Even if you’ve had braces, Invisalign can help

Whether you have braces now or had them in the past, you can usually switch to discrete,  Invisalign aligners without any issues. During your consultation, Dr. Cruz will work closely with you to determine if Invisalign can help you gain the perfect smile.

9. Dentists aren’t the only ones who love Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular treatment for many men and women looking to improve their smiles, even celebrities. Since Invisalign went public in 2000, numerous celebrities have taken advantage of its discrete design, including Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria, and Oprah Winfrey.

10. Invisalign can help most cases

Invisalign’s innovative design can correct many complicated cases. Invisalign can correct gaps between teeth, crowding, overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. If you fall under one of these categories, chances are Invisalign will work for you.


Unfortunately, Invisalign can’t treat significant jaw issues or severely rotated teeth. Removable aligners might also be less effective if you’ve had dental work, such as crowns, veneers, or bridgework. If you’re considering an Invisalign treatment, Dr. Cruz will conduct a comprehensive dental exam to ensure you’re a good candidate. If Invisalign isn’t right for you, he can outline a treatment strategy better suited to your needs.

To see if Invisalign can improve your smile, call OPĒS Health Channelside or schedule an appointment online today.

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