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'Smart' Retainer Keeps Patients (and Teeth) in Line

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Innovative research is underway at the UCSF School of Dentistry to produce a Bluetooth smart retainer for orthodontics patients. The goal of the SmartByte retainer is to increase the amount of time a patient wears the device, ultimately ensuring the best possible treatment outcome.

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Clearstep and Objet to Collaborate on Digital Orthodontic Solution

LONDON, England and REHOVOT, Israel – Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced collaboration with Clearstep Laboratories, a leading provider of digital orthodontic solutions. Objet's high resolution, 3D printing systems will facilitate Clearstep™ to become more efficient in manufacturing custom-made orthodontic clear aligners on a mass scale. Working together, Clearstep and Objet will bring the advantages of digital printing technology to orthodontics.

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Align Technology Expands Clear Aligner Research Award Program to Include International Funding

SAN JOSE, California – Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALGN) today announced that it has expanded its funding of the Clear Aligner Research Award Program to include international research in order to further the development of clear aligners for the treatment of malocclusion, or misalignment of teeth worldwide. Launched initially in 2009 for North America, the Clear Aligner Research Award Program is an annually funded program designed to promote both clinical and scientific research in clear aligner therapy. For 2011, $50,000 is now being made available for scientific research funding to international applicants in addition to $100,000 currently available to North American applicants.

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Invisalign Invisible Braces for Treating Dental Inconsistencies

JACKSON HEIGHT, New York – Invisalign invisible braces are the perfect solution for treating even complex dental inconsistencies found in teenagers and adults. The greatest advantage of Invisalign is that it does not have the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces, and is therefore a more comfortable orthodontic solution.

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Virtually Invisible DAMON® CLEAR™ Braces Provide Patients with Fast, Comfortable Treatment, Extraordinary Smiles and Faces

National Orthodontic Health Month Highlights New Patient-Friendly Technology for Image-Conscious Adults and Teens

ORANGE, California – People who desire straight teeth and a fuller, more beautiful smile no longer need to settle for the limitations of traditional metal braces or clear aligners. Available from progressive orthodontists, DAMON CLEAR braces are virtually invisible while delivering fast, comfortable treatment that accommodates today's image-conscious adults and teens.

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Orthodontic Treatment May Not Help Psychological Health

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – A major 20-year study by psychologists and dentists has cast doubt on the assumption that orthodontic treatment improves psychological well-being.

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Align Technology Launches ClinAdvisor™ to Simplify Case Assessment and Increase Treatment Predictability for Invisalign® Doctors

SANTA CLARA, California – Today Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN), the inventor of the Invisalign® system, a proprietary method of straightening teeth without wires or brackets, announced a phased rollout of ClinAdvisor™ , a new suite of software tools designed to make Invisalign case selection, submission and review processes more efficient for doctors. ClinAdvisor combines goal-based treatment planning with case assessment tools to give new and experienced doctors the clinical confidence they need to treat more patients with the Invisalign system.

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Align Technology to Offer Invisalign® Treatment to Patients Impacted by OrthoClear Settlement

SANTA CLARA, California – Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN), the inventor of Invisalign®, a proprietary method of straightening teeth without wires or brackets, today announced that it will make Invisalign treatment available to patients affected by Align's recent litigation settlement with OrthoClear, Inc., a competing provider of clear removable aligner therapy. Under the terms of the settlement, OrthoClear has agreed to stop the importation of aligners into the United States and, subject to OrthoClear shareholder approval, discontinue all aligner business operations worldwide. As a result, current OrthoClear patients may not be able to complete their orthodontic treatment with OrthoClear. Align has offered to help minimize treatment disruptions for these patients and their doctors by making Invisalign treatment available to OrthoClear patients at no additional charge from Align.

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OrthoClear To Give Away One Beautiful Smile with Launch of ÔFree Orthodontic TreatmentŐ Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, California – OrthoClear, the maker of the “Next Generation in Invisible Orthodontics”, is looking to award one lucky person free orthodontic treatment. The company is encouraging people with “unperfect” teeth to enter OrthoClear's “Win FREE Treatment” contest for a chance to win complimentary OrthoClear treatment.

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Teenagers Warned Braces Can Pose Sexual Health Risk

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading oral health charity has issued a warning for teenagers who French kiss or practice oral sex, saying metal braces could scratch genital areas or tear sensitive mouth tissues.

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