Invisalign is 20 Years Old! Can It Help You Get a Beautiful Smile?

Invisalign has been around for 20 years and has now helped more than 4 million people get beautiful smiles! The number of Invisalign patients grows daily.

What Exactly is Invisalign?

Created as an alternative to braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that patients swap out every one to two weeks to slowly but surely realign their teeth.

It’s the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth by using removable aligners.

Benefits of Invisalign

There are several benefits of using Invisalign over traditional metal braces.

  • We’ll start off by by taking a digital impression of your teeth using our iTero scanner. No more gooey impressions!
  • Once we scan your teeth, you can see what the final product will look like with the Instant Treatment Simulation.
  • You can leave out the aligners for up to two hours each day. This is a great benefit when you’re eating, taking photos or attending social events.
  • Since you can remove Invisalign aligners, it’s much easier to clean your teeth. You simply remove the aligner for brushing and flossing. Because of this, cavities during orthodontic treatment are normally fewer with Invisalign than with traditional braces.
  • Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable. They’re also smooth and comfortable for your mouth.

An Interesting Start

Invisalign had an interesting start 20 years ago—it was created by college students and developed in a garage!

In 1997, Stanford University students Zia Chishti (standing) and Kelsey Wirth (seated) founded Invisalign in San Jose, California. Chishti was an orthodontic patient when he came up with the idea of Invisalign.

The two began looking for developers, and they found them on their campus at Stanford. They teamed up with fellow students Apostolos Lerios and Brian Freyburger, and the four officially created Align Technology. Like so many startup success stories, they began developing their product in a garage.

Even after FDA approval, orthodontists were skeptical about such a drastic shift in treatments — especially since none of the founders or partners had any orthodontic expertise. However, consumer demand quickly forced orthodontists to adopt this revolutionary new treatment option.

And it was definitely revolutionary—Invisalign reported annual revenues of $1.1 billion in 2016. That’s a lot of straight teeth!

Dr. Brown is a Trained Invisalign Provider

All orthodontists wanting to treat patients with Invisalign must attend training to become qualified and proficient in the various requirements for treatment. Dr. Brown is a premier Invisalign Provider for adults ands teens.

If you think Invisalign may be the right treatment for straightening your teeth, give us a call and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Brown.

It’s been the right choice for over 4 million people—it may be the right choice for you too!

Dr. Brown is proud to be a Board-Certified Highland Village Orthodontist. Learn more here.

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