Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 10/25/2011
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Since 1998, Invisalign clear braces have provided patients with an esthetic solution to malocclusion, while paving the way for GPs to enter into orthodontics.

With more than 1.6 million patients treated, Invisalign clear braces from Align Technology use a series of clear, nearly invisible removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position. Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the esthetic concerns and other limitations associated with braces, resulting in a 98% satisfaction rate over the past 13 years. In total, 66,000 clinicians have been trained to use the Invisalign product family to date, which includes Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express 10, and Vivera Retainers.

Invisalign G4

With G3, Invisalign introduced SmartForce features, which apply precise and specific forces to an individual tooth, allowing the clinician to treat a much wider array of indications. SmartForce features, such as Optimized Attachments and the Power Ridge features, are engineered to deliver the forces needed to achieve predictable tooth movements. Based on biomechanical principles, SmartForce features are customized for each tooth using advanced virtual modeling; they are positioned precisely to deliver the proper forces.

The new SmartForce features in Invisalign G4 are engineered to help dentists achieve better clinical results for open bite treatments, more predictable movement of upper laterals, and improved root control for canines and central incisors. ?In the year since we launched Invisalign G3, research with Invisalign providers has shown that the SmartForce features increase a doctor?s likelihood of prescribing Invisalign and help the doctor to deliver the results they expect in more clinical applications,? said Sheila Tan, Align Technology?s vice president, marketing and chief marketing officer. ?Invisalign G4 makes it easier to use Invisalign when treating Class I and Class II patients.?

The Future with iTero

Already the largest orthodontic company in terms of revenue, Align Technology recently announced it is acquiring Cadent Holdings?creators of iTero? the only powderless digital impression system. This strategic alliance will help simplify and streamline treatment, as well as make the entire Invisalign procedure easier on the patient and more efficient for the practice. The move reflects the industry?s current use of digital technologies for restorative dentistry such as CAD/CAM, which has been growing rapidly. Intraoral scanning is required to facilitate area burgeoning part of dentistry.

Cadent?s iTero technology provides dentists with a full range of restorative choices, the flexibility to choose labs and fabrication processes, and control in providing the highest standard of care for their patients. Cadent?s iOC technology, used primarily by orthodontists, ensures an accurate first impression, enables high value clinical applications, and provides a significantly better patient experience. Cadent also has a range of leading orthodontic services and products including OrthoCAD iQ, OrthoCAD iCast, and OrthoCAD iRecord.

Over the next 5 years, intraoral scanners will become more and more widely used in dental practices, and intraoral scanning technology will transform the dental industry. This puts Invisalign in prime position to continue creating innovative aligner solutions for years to come.