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Happy Birthday Invisalign!

You’re 20 years old!

Most people have heard of Invisalign, the invisible way to straighten teeth with removable aligners, but do you know the history of this innovative orthodontic product? Align Technology the creators of Invisalign, was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California. Chishti was an adult orthodontic patient when he came up with the idea of Invisalign. He was struggling with a retainer as part of his own treatment, and realized that such an approach could probably be used for the entire orthodontic procedure. Like so many startup success stories, they began developing their product in a garage! Intensive research in CAD modeling, capturing geometry and 3D printers was necessary to get the aligners on track. Ultimately, they perfected the necessary programming for “incremental retainers,” thanks to access to a campus lab. Invisalign received Food and Drug Administration approval in 1998 and today, Invisalign is in high demand.

In the year 2000 seventy-five percent of all orthodontists in the United States were trained in Invisalign systems — and then the founders offered it to general dentists.

However, it’s still best to trust only an orthodontist with your orthodontic needs, whether braces or Invisalign. Contact Sunshine Orthodontics today for a free Invisalign consultation.