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Invisalign is named one of the hottest products of the year

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Invisalign is named one of the hottest products of the yearInvisalign is named one of the hottest products of the year according to CNN Money. Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, have had a record year, with profits soaring. In fact, the company’s value has almost tripled. Making it the top performer in the Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index and propelling its worth to a near twenty billion dollars.

Even though Invisalign is the number one choice for adult orthodontics, sales have also been boosted by teens wanting more discreet teeth straightening. The company saw around seventy thousand Invisalign Teen sales in its last quarter alone. Meaning a forty-three percent rise on last years stats.

Invisalign’s CEO, Joe Hogan spoke to CNN Money about the vision and benefits of the device. “You can pull them out to eat the food that you want or play a sport or play a musical instrument. You can live the life that you want to live.” Hogan also attributes their growing success to the amount of investment the company has made. This has allowed them to treat more complex cases that were not possible before. 

 

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Invisalign braces growing in popularity, new figures show

Wed

The popularity of Invisalign Braces appears to be continuing.New figures from the makers of Invisalign braces have shown that the aligners are continuing to grow in popularity.

According to Align Technology – which manufactures the plastic alternative to traditional metal braces – there was a 17.2 per cent increase in shipments in the year to September 2010.

This equated to a gross profit margin of 78.1 per cent, 3.7 per cent higher than in the third quarter of 2009.

The company partly credited the increase to the growth in Invisalign Teen braces, but president Thomas M Prescott admitted that sales have been slower than usual due to the economic downturn.

Once the effects of the recession have faded, more Invisalign braces could therefore be sold.

In August 2010, Align Technology announced the launch of its next generation dental technology, Invisalign G3.

Myleene Klass is among the celebrities known to wear invisible braces to straighten out her smile with maximum disruption.
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Invisalign company reports growth

Fri

Invisalign sales and profits have risen dramatically in the last year, new figures have revealed.

Align Technology, which manufactures the invisible braces, announced it made $32.6 million [£21.2 million] net profit in the second financial quarter, compared with just $4.3 million this time last year.

Over 50,000 cases of Invisalign products, which include Full, Express/Lite, Assist and Teen versions, were shipped to orthodontists and Invisalign dentists across North America between April and June this year, with 18,000 more being sent overseas.

Company president and chief executive officer Thomas Prescott described the results as “outstanding”.

“Our Invisalign business continues to outperform our expectations, resulting in our third consecutive quarter for record revenues and case shipments,” he added.

The cosmetic dentistry product, sold for an average of $1,415 internationally, is made up of several sets of removable invisible braces, which are replaced every two weeks to reposition the teeth. ADNFCR-2621-ID-19905075-ADNFCR

Align Technology funds $75k research grant

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£75k grant awarded by Align Technology.

The maker of Invisalign braces Align Technology has announced the award of a $75,000 (£49,100) grant to researchers in the US as part of its Clear Aligner Research Award Programme. 

The recipients of the funding are Dr Maria Orellana, assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, and Dr Robyn Silberstein, clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

“We were pleased with the level of academic interest in clear aligner therapy research and we will continue to sponsor the programme for 2011,” said Align’s vice-president of clinical technology Dr Eric Kuo.

Meanwhile, the company also recently announced that it is to remove its prerequisite that dentists must demonstrate they are able to offer its products to at least ten patients over the course of a year in order to qualify for the use of Invisalign braces.

Dentists will now be able to offer this service however many patients they treat each year.

More dentists to offer Invisalign braces

Thu

More dentists will now be able to provide Invisalign braces.

More dentists across the UK could soon be offering Invisalign braces to their patients following an announcement by the manufacturer that it will remove case requirements.

In the past, dentists could only offer the treatment if they were able to show they had at least ten cases per year where Invisalign braces were an option.

However, the company has now back-tracked on this requirement, although dentists will still be required to take at least ten hours training in the use of the product.

A press release by Align Technology stated: “Effective immediately, doctors will no longer be required to start a minimum of ten shipped cases per year to maintain their active provider status.”

Elsewhere, Dental Plans recently reported that Dr Homayoun Aminyar, a New York dental professional, has said that having braces fitted could improve the oral health of many children and help them avoid a number of serious complaints when they become adults.

Cosmetic dentistry will help bride to smile on wedding day

Thu

cosmetic dentistryOne woman has opted for cosmetic dentistry is now sure she will be happy with her appearance on her wedding day.

Elaine Hutcheson told the Sun of her decision to have plastic surgery on her nose in addition to “smile reconstruction” procedures.

She explained that, contrary to her now-fiance’s protestations, she decided to have the work done to her face and teeth.

Ms Hutcheson said she did not like to smile before she had the treatment, but now she will surely be showing off her pearly whites at the ceremony.

Commenting on her decision, she said: “Some people might think it’s over the top.

“But now I have no reservations about how I look.”

Ms Hutcheson was one of the 46 per cent of people in the UK who are unhappy with their teeth.

This is according to an Align Technology survey, which also showed that 32 per cent of people are most likely to notice a potential partner’s smile first.
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Tooth loss ‘a greater stigma’

Thu

dental implantDental implants could potentially be the solution to the embarrassment of losing teeth, it has been suggested.

Kevin Ekene, wrote in to the Nigerian Guardian concerning the potential for emotional disturbances that can be associated with tooth loss.

He said cosmetic dentistry can play an important role in a person’s state of mind, since those who undergo surgery can be left "with more psychological trauma and embarrassment than the pain that sent them to the dental clinic in the first place".

Mr Ekene advocated the use of treatment that will replace the natural tissue that has been lost, which can perform both functional and aesthetic roles.

He concluded by saying that provision for such treatment should be integrated into broader health care solutions in the country.

According to a study by Align Technology, some 46 per cent of people feel embarrassed about their teeth.

Furthermore, 60 per cent of respondents said they thought straight, even teeth make for a great smile.
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Salons ‘not qualified for teeth whitening’

Fri

teeth whiteningBeauty salons are not qualified to carry out teeth whitening procedures and anyone looking to have this treatment should visit a qualified dentist, it has been argued.

Karen Coates, dental advisor for the British Dental Health Foundation, said it is important to remember that teeth whitening is a medical procedure and it should only be carried out by a qualified professional.

She commented: "They do not have the clinical knowledge to assess the patient before they carry out the treatment because not everybody is suitable for tooth whitening."

For instance, Ms Coates noted someone who has a lot of sensitivity or enamel erosion may not be suitable for the treatment.

According to a survey by Align Technology, makers of Invisalign braces, 46 per cent of people feel embarrassed about their teeth.

In addition, 60 per cent of people agree straight, even teeth make for a great smile, while 32 per cent are most likely to notice their smile first when meeting a potential partner.
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