Facts About Invisalign!

There is so much to know about Invisalign – we thought we would share the facts!

  • Invisalign is manufactured by Align Technology, Inc.
  • Invisalign was “born” in 1997 and founded by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth.
  • Chishti was an orthodontic patient himself, and while using his retainer post-treatment, he realized that a similar approach could be used for the entire orthodontic treatment!
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Invisalign in 1998.
  • In 2000 Align Technology spent $31 million dollars in an aggressive television advertising campaign (New York Times called it “the most aggressive consumer advertising plan the dental profession has ever seen”)!!
  • Invisalign went public in 2001.
  • In 2005 The Harvard School of Dental Medicine began requiring its ortho grad students to complete Invisalign certification prior to graduating.
  • Invisalign is a series of thermoplastic, clear, BPA-free aligners used in orthodontic treatment as an alternative to braces.
  • The aligners are custom-made for the patient (you!).
  • In order to create the aligners made specifically for the patient, x-rays, pictures, and impressions will need to be taken.
  • All orthodontic diagnosis for Invisalign is done digitally.
  • Aligners are worn for about 14 days, or 2 weeks, at a time.
  • There are no wires or metal brackets with Invisalign.
  • Invisalign corrects many orthodontic problems including crowding, underbite, overbite, spacing, and deep bite (all ranges of malocclusion).
  • Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces.
  • Aligners need to be work for at least 22 hours a day.
  • If you have an important event, such as a date, an interview, a photoshoot, or whatever else, you can remove your aligners for a short amount of time for that!
  • Total treatment time in Invisalign is generally one year.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear, which makes them invisible to the eye!
  • It is easier to keep your teeth clean with Invisalign (in comparison to metal braces).
  • There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink with Invisalign.
  • Teens wear their Invisalign aligners more diligently than adults patients!
  • More than 3 MILLION patients have been treated with Invisalign.

Whew. If you want to know more about Invisalign after reading all of these interesting facts, contact us! We can set you up for a complimentary consultation or just talk to you.