you take a look at our before and after section, you’ll find relevant before-and-after pictures of some real Invisalign
patients. You’ll see for yourself the visible improvements - but the more important aspect is that correcting orthodontic
issues can potentially have positive benefits for your overall health.
We’re also continually making
new advancements in our products and treatment process for even better clinical results. Most recently, the addition of Precision
Cuts allows our aligners to now accommodate the use of elastics. As a result, more severe bite issues can be corrected effectively
Here are some of the common conditions currently treated with Invisalign; if there is a specific
issue that you do not see addressed here, please contact your Invisalign Provider for more information and to see if
Invisalign is right for you.
This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing,
this can also be caused by the surrounding teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues between teeth can lead to gum
problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease. This
occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly
crowded teeth can get worse over time. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance
of gum diseaseThis occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on
the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can lead to abnormal tooth
wear and chipping, and periodontal problems including gum disease and bone loss.This occurs when the lower teeth protrude
past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It
can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead
to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems. What people
commonly refer to as an "overbite" is known to dental professionals as "overjet". It occurs when the upper
teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone
that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum disease and chipped or fractured front teeth.
he aligners are easily removable,
so you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. Cleaning your aligners is just as easy with the Invisalign
cleaning kit. Or you can simply brush and rinse them in lukewarm water. That’s it! Achieving that great smile
couldn’t be easier!
"I'm usually pressed for time in the mornings, and
I appreciate how Invisalign doesn't slow me down. I just pop out the aligners, brush my teeth and pop ‘em back in."
You’ll also remove the aligners each time you eat. This means
you can continue to eat all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your wires
and brackets. With other teeth-straightening methods, the simple act of eating can often be troublesome.
love how I can pretty much eat whatever I want and not have to worry about whether it's going to damage anything during my
For those who are active in
contact sports, Invisalign allows you to continue wearing your aligners without having to worry about any sharp brackets cutting
your mouth. If your sport requires wearing a protective mouth guard, simply remove your aligners and you're good to go!
is my life, which means there's a lot of contact. Wearing braces would definitely make me a little hesitant to go all out"
Teri – Boston,
Your bedtime routine can continue as before, with
the simple addition of cleaning your aligners. You won’t be struggling with trying to floss and brush in between brackets
and wires, which can be time-consuming.
don't think I'd have the patience to keep braces clean - especially having to floss between all those wires.
With Invisalign, I just take out my aligners, brush and floss my teeth, quickly brush my aligners and I'm done."
Inc. of Santa Clara, California manufactures and markets Invisalign®, a method doctors use to treat malocclusion, or
the misalignment of teeth. Because it does not rely on metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign reduces some of the
limitations associated with traditional braces, including patient concerns about aesthetics and discomfort. Statistics show
that with experience, doctors can use Invisalign to treat a vast majority of patients who want a better smile.
Invisalign has two primary components: ClinCheck® and aligners. ClinCheck is the Internet-based application that
allows orthodontists to simulate treatment in 3-D by modeling stages of tooth movement. Aligners are thin, nearly invisible,
removable dental appliances that correspond to each stage of the ClinCheck simulation. Each custom made aligner is worn over
the teeth for two weeks before being replaced by the next aligner in the series, until treatment is complete.
The company was
founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth, who realized the benefit of applying advanced 3-D computer imaging to the
field of orthodontics. Like many breakthrough inventions, the idea for Invisalign grew from happenstance. Chishti wore braces
as an adult, which he found awkward and embarrassing. When his braces were removed he wore a clear plastic retainer. He noticed
that when he neglected to wear the retainer for several days his teeth would move, and upon reinsertion his teeth would shift
back to their desired, straightened state. Chishti’s simple observation that a clear plastic device was capable of moving
his teeth led him to conceptualize the process that became Invisalign. Yet the idea of using a series of appliances to move
teeth is not new to orthodontics. In 1945, Dr. Kesling first described the concept of moving teeth using a series of planned,
individual stages. He realized that the lab requirements would be significant, and could not envision a practical way to make
the idea a reality. Kesling did have the foresight to state that technology would one day be available to make such treatment
possible. Today, Align is one of the largest manufacturers of mass customized products in the world. More than 230,000 patients
have entered treatment with Invisalign, and more than ten million unique aligners have been produced.
More information is available at www.invisalign.com.
Align receives FDA clearance to market Invisalign to the general public, and begins commercial sales of Invisalign
in July 1999.
Align launches its first national advertising campaign and
has 10,000patients in treatment with Invisalign.
Align starts trading
on NASDAQ with an initial public offering of 10,000,000 shares of common stock.
The Journal of Clinical Orthodontics publishes the first significant clinical study of Invisalign treatment of complex
malocclusions performed by The University of Pacific in San Francisco. The study broadens the range of adults and adolescents
a doctor can treat using Invisalign.
-Thomas M. Prescott
joins Align Technology as President and CEO.
-Align is awarded the Medical Design Excellence Award for
Invisalign and the 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Excellence Award.
Align is ranked the number one fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by The San Jose Mercury News.
Align achieves GAAP profitability.
Align reaches a new
company milestone by shipping its 10 millionth aligner.