A Patient’s Guide to Invisalign SmileView™

Invisalign® is one of the most requested orthodontic procedures available. Clients love the fact that the clear aligner trays mean that treatment is less obvious than traditional braces, as well as being more comfortable to wear than metal brackets and wires. It is one of the most popular brand name orthodontic treatments that patients often request by name. 

The treatment’s success caused it to be one of the most valuable stocks according to CNN. Studies show that at least 80% of former Invisalign® patients report having higher confidence levels after treatment. More than 6 million people have undergone treatment with Invisalign®, a statistic that separates Invisalign® from other off-brand clear aligner treatments.

While you might have a general idea of what Invisalign® is, many patients haven’t heard of the new technology called Invisalign SmileView™. It’s a new tool that you can access from your own personal smartphone or tablet that can help you make a decision about whether Invisalign® treatment is right for you.

What is Invisalign SmileView™?

Invisalign SmileView™ is a mobile app that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet. It enables you to see what your teeth might look like if you undergo Invisalign® treatment. It uses your selfie to create a simulated picture of what your teeth would look like after Invisalign®.

How to Access and Use Invisalign SmileView™

Gaining access to Invisalign SmileView™ is easy. You simply need to visit Invisalign.com on your mobile device and click on the button for Invisalign SmileView™on the homepage. The instructions require that you remove any accessories, such as hats or glasses and to look into the camera screen and smile naturally. After checking the box that you’re at least 13 years of age, you’ll click on the button that says “Take your photo.” Depending on your phone model, you may have to grant access to the site to your device’s camera. 

As Invisalign SmileView™ processes your photo, you’ll be prompted to enter contact information for where Invisalign SmileView™ can send your results. The final image can give you an idea of what is possible in terms of the Invisalign® treatment process in your particular case. You can take more than one simulation photo to get a better idea of what you can expect.

It is important to remember that the software only creates a possibility. Your exact results may vary in real life compared to the photo. However, it is a great tool for giving you an idea of what is possible. 

Visualize Your New Smile

The best part of the new Invisalign SmileView™ technology is the ability to see your new, straight smile long before you invest the time or money into treatment. Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your overall appearance, self esteem, and future. You may even wonder if orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign® will make that big of a difference in how your smile looks. 

If you are currently unhappy with your smile because it is crooked or misaligned, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine your smile any other way. With this tool, you can have an easier time imagining what improvements are possible. If you’re on the fence about using Invisalign®, visualizing your new smile can show what even small improvements can do to transform your smile and appearance. Even if your teeth are only slightly crooked, having better aligned teeth can make a huge difference.

Invisalign SmileView™ Launched in March 2019

Invisalign SmileView™ is a fairly new technology available to patients. It officially launched in March 2019. It was showcased at the International Dental Show (IDS) that took place in Cologne, Germany from March 12th to March 16th, 2019. The feedback from the launch was extremely positive and it generated a lot of buzz within the dental industry.

As a fairly new technology, not everyone is aware of its existence. Your dentist may have started to promote Invisalign SmileView™ with new patients who come into the office for a consultation about Invisalign®. However, you do not need to consult with your dentist to utilize the tool or to access it from your mobile device. You can bring your before and after pictures, as generated by the tool, into your dental provider’s office to confirm your results.

How Fast is Invisalign SmileView™

Invisalign SmileView™ takes around 60 seconds to showcase the difference in a patient’s smile. You don’t have to have a referral from your dentist to use Invisalign SmileView™. In fact, you can access the tool at any time of day, from any place with reliable internet. 

Align Technology Advancements

Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign® and Invisalign SmileView™, is constantly working toward improving the company’s technology. It is committed to providing dental providers and patients with the best and most innovative experiences possible. Invisalign SmileView™ is just one of the latest technologies that it has announced.

Is Invisalign SmileView™ Right for Everyone?

Everyone with access to a mobile device can use Invisalign SmileView™ at no cost to them, as many times as they’d like. However, Invisalign® is not the best treatment option for every single patient. Each patient has a very unique case, with some patients benefiting from one type of orthodontic treatment over another. Only your dentist or orthodontist will be able to evaluate your teeth personally and make a recommendation for orthodontic treatment. 

Despite that, a large number of patients are great candidates for Invisalign® treatment. This is part of the reason why it is such a popular treatment. There is a good chance that you personally know or have seen people who are currently undergoing treatment with Invisalign®.

Invisalign SmileView™ QR Code

Some dentists have a QR code that you can scan with a QR reader or your smartphone’s internal camera to be directed to Invisalign.com to use Invisalign SmileView™. This QR code will lead you to the same website, but some patients find it easier to scan the information over typing it into their web browser.

Can a DIY Aligner Offer the Same Results?

A number of DIY clear aligner trays have become available on the market. Some of which even use photographs to measure your teeth and start treatment. However, this is not the same as Invisalign SmileView™ or the results that you can expect from undergoing Invisalign® treatment from a licensed and trained dental provider. 

First, Invisalign® is a highly customized and comprehensive treatment option. Your dentist needs to monitor and measure your teeth to provide the best results. A generic one size fits all approach won’t work. You can’t measure and check the fit of a dental appliance that you’ve ordered online. There is so much room in this process for error if someone isn’t sure of what they are doing or if it’s an automated system.

With Invisalign®, the photo that is generated from Invisalign SmileView™ is just for your personal use. It isn’t what your dentist will use to create your treatment plan. It’s impossible to ensure that you won’t have problems down the line with your bite or alignment without the help of an experienced dental provider who offers in-person support at your appointments.

One of the reasons why Invisalign® remains the product of choice for clear aligner trays is that the company, Align Technology, invests money into research and performance enhancements. This includes adding temporary attachments to your teeth to keep your clear aligners in place and reduce the chance of treatment failure. 

Plus, during the treatment process with Invisalign®, you’ll come into your dentist’s office more regularly than you would than the normal twice a year recommendation. If something appears to be going wrong, such as if your teeth start to shift too quickly, your dentist will be able to identify it very quickly. They can adjust treatment, as necessary, to ensure that you experience the best results.

Advantages of Invisalign SmileView™

The advantages of Invisalign SmileView™ include:

  • Invisalign SmileView™ doesn’t cost anything
  • 24/7 access to the service through your smartphone or tablet
  • The ability to visualize what your smile could look like if you choose to undergo Invisalign® treatment

Disadvantages of Invisalign SmileView™

The disadvantages of Invisalign SmileView™ include:

  • You won’t be able to discuss your possible results with a dentist until you schedule an appointment
  • It can’t provide a 100% guarantee on what your smile will look like after treatment

Questions About Invisalign SmileView™?

Invisalign SmileView™ is an awesome, free tool that you can use to see what kinds of results you can expect to see from Invisalign® treatment. Call 630-796-7417 to discuss your questions about Invisalign SmileView™ or to schedule a consultation for Invisalign® treatment. We’d love to help you work toward having a beautiful, straight smile that you deserve.