A Brief History of InvisalignBefore Invisalign was invented, orthodontic patients generally faced months or years of wearing visible braces. Invisalign, with its clear plastic aligners, gave patients a discreet alternative. Here is a look at the history of Invisalign and how the treatment has changed over the years.
How Invisalign Started
Zia Chishti, an adult orthodontic patient and Stanford student, came up with Invisalign after wearing a retainer and realizing how convenient it was compared to brackets and wires. Together with Kelsey Wirth and other students at Stanford, Chishti obtained funding through investors who believed in their project. After further development, including computer design and 3-D printing, the team won FDA approval to sell their system through their company, Align Technology, in the late 1990s.
While dentists were hesitant to use Invisalign early on, they warmed to the idea as more patients sought the treatment. By 2003, hundreds of thousands of patients had received treatment with Invisalign. A few years later, millions of patients had benefited from it immensely, and the system won several awards.
Additions to the Invisalign System
The company has continued to improve its system over the years and have added options to serve more patients. With Invisalign Teen, adolescents are able to have their teeth straightened discreetly. Invisalign Express offers correction of very minor bite irregularities in just three to six months.
Today, many patients prefer Invisalign for not only its discretion but also its comfort and removability, which enables easy cleaning. Patients can contact our Invisalign doctor, Dr. Frame, to find out if they can join the millions of patients who have already chosen this treatment.
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