Invisible orthodontics part 1: invisalign

Dent Update. 2013 Apr;40(3):203-4, 207-10, 213-5. doi: 10.12968/denu.2013.40.3.203.


This paper discusses the invisible orthodontic treatment modalities of Invisalign aligners, lingual appliances and aesthetic brackets. The first part of this three-part series will discuss Invisalign aligner treatment. The second part will discuss lingual appliance treatment and the third part will focus on aesthetic brackets. The benefits and drawbacks of Invisalign treatment are considered in detail, including examples of treated cases and a review of the literature to date.

Clinical relevance: Patients are increasingly requesting more aesthetic forms of orthodontic treatment. Clinicians need to be aware of the indications and limitations of such invisible therapies so that they can fully inform their patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Esthetics, Dental
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Malocclusion / therapy
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class II / therapy
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class III / therapy
  • Open Bite / therapy
  • Orthodontic Appliance Design*
  • Orthodontic Appliances, Removable*
  • Overbite / therapy
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Surface Properties
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult