Q. How many patients have been treated with Invisalign?
A. More than 1.7 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Q. What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?
A. The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Durling.
Q. Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
A. No. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.
Q. How old is the company?
A. Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.
Q. Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
A. Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc., received the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system in 1998.
Q. What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?
A. Invisalign Teen is appropriate for patients who have shed all of their baby teeth and have second molars at least partially erupted. This includes most teens.
Dr. Durling offers free consultations to discover if Invisalign or Invisalign Teen will work for you. You may call us at 866-478-7695 or schedule online.