The Invisalign system (sometimes referred to as “clear braces” or “invisible braces”) is a proprietary method of orthodontic treatment whose unique set of features often makes it a very attractive alternative to traditional braces. Unlike dental braces composed of brackets and wires that are firmly attached to a patient’s teeth, the Invisalign system produces tooth movement by way of the patient wearing a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that fit snugly over their teeth.
Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your
teeth into place. And since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth
only, with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly fits.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other works as effortlessly as the Invisalign system.
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that both orthodontists and dentists use as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces. As of April 2008, more than 730,000 patients have completed or are currently in treatment.
Invisalign is designed, manufactured, and marketed by Santa Clara-based medical-device company Align Technology, Inc. Align says that over 35,790 doctors are trained to provide Invisalign treatment in the U.S., with 48,130 doctors worldwide.] As of January 29, 2008, Align Technology has 1,307 employees worldwide, and has manufactured more than 32 million aligners. The company has 133 patents.
Align Technology was in a legal battle with the makers of a competing product, OrthoClear, from early 2005 until September 2006. Zia Chisti, one of the founders of Align, had started OrthoClear to compete against Invisalign. In a complaint