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, Invisalignthe creators of Invisalign, was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California. The business currently has over 3,000 employees and an annual revenue of around $560 million. Created as a braces alternative, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that patients swap out every two weeks to slowly but surely re-align their teeth. Aligners can be left out for up to four hours each day, making eating, photos and big events seamless.
Invisalign received Food and Drug Administration approval in 1998 after snagging $140 million in venture capital funding. Once the company went public in 2001, an additional $130 million was earned. An internal conflict popped up soon after, with founder Chishti getting the boot from the company. However, the aptly named Align Technology moved forward, perfecting its devices and marketing prowess. Today, Invisalign is in high demand and is seen not as an alternative to braces, but a fair competitor that offers the same results with a proven, yet different, system.
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I believe Invisalign has been around since the late 90s. They started as a company that only worked with orthodontist (dentists that specialize in moving teeth). Like most companies these days they want to keep expanding until they can take over (like google or amazon). They then moved into working with general dentists provided they take an Invisalign certification course. This gained them a lot of popularity. I believe that more recently they started a program (that does not have all the bells and whistles) that works with general dentists that have not taken the certification course. This means that their name can now be used in every dental office.
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