How Are Invisalign Aligners Made?

April 12th, 2016

Do you know how Invisalign aligners are made?

Invisalign offer a teeth straightening system that is both innovative and unique. It’s innovative because it is constantly trying to add new technologies to its product and it’s unique because it takes advantage of mass customisation in a way that was never imagined before.

When other companies lagged behind in the digital revolution, Align Technology (the makers of Invisalign) invested in 3D printing and mass customisation technology. They are industry leading innovators in 3D printing and material science for medical devices.

Invisalign aligners are made from a medical grade thermoplastic that has been specifically developed for the Invisalign system and each aligner is unique to the patient. This customisation to each patient and their teeth allows Invisalign to treat both simple and complex dental cases.

What is 3D printing?

Take a look at the video below from Mashable to find out more about what 3D printing is and how it works:

3D printing may seem like a brand new development but the technology has been developing since the early 1980s. Nowadays, it’s much more mainstream, with doctors and surgeons experimenting with 3D printing to create organs and limbs. If investment continues into 3D printing then more and more medical discoveries could be made in the near future. Align Technology are continually improving and refining their manufacturing processes so that patients all over the world can benefit.

What other technology does Invisalign use?

As technology has rapidly progressed in the last few years, Align Technology have been able to integrate digital scanning into the Invisalign system. The iTero scanner replaces physical teeth impressions, making treatment easier and much more enjoyable for patients around the world. The scanner allows digital teeth impressions to be sent to Align Technology so that custom-made aligners can be made quickly and with significantly less imperfections.

With each Invisalign aligner made specifically for your teeth, there’s no better way of straightening your teeth. Wave goodbye to crooked and misaligned teeth and say hello to a brand new smile and a brand new you.

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