Clear Aligners – Invisalign Braces
Clear Aligners are orthodontic appliances that are used to align and straighten the teeth. They are thin, plastic trays that are stretched over the whole teeth quadrant and can be fitted and removed by the patients themselves. Clear Aligners are practically invisible, do not normally inhibit speech and can be removed whilst eating or cleaning the teeth. For these reasons, aligners can be worn by adults at work during the day. Clear Aligners are customized appliances ,manufactured in such a way that they exert gentle pressure on the teeth enabling their position to be altered. Since only very small movements can be achieved with an aligner, a complete series of aligners is normally produced, each one being worn for about 1-2 weeks at a time. Each new aligner moves the tooth a little bit more so that the teeth are gradually straightened step by step. Orthodontic Solutions Clear Aligners were originally produced by using advanced German technology by using CAD/CAM software which enables 3d treatment simulations to be produced on the computer screen. Once the clinician approves the end result, the appliances are fabricated.
From 1960 onwards, writers such as Nahoum and Ponitz started to describe one-piece plastic splints. These were mainly used to stabilise the results of treatment but were also used for minor corrections to the position of the teeth. At the end of the eighties, a Japanese man, Yoshii appeared with his Elasto devices made from highly flexible silicon that could be used for either one or two teeth quadrants. These have been sold in Germany since 1991 by the Hinz Kfo Laboratory. Tooth movements in the order of 3mm were possible using a single Elasto appliance because of the great resilience of highly flexible silicon. In the 1990’s the American J. Sheridan developed his own Aligner System whereby the plastic splints could be repeatedly activated by gradually inserting slots and little pins. Sheridan’s ESSIX Aligner did gain a certain currency but, as before, its use was mainly confined to minor corrections of the front teeth.
At around the same time, towards the end of the 1990’s, two new aligner systems were developed that made it possible to achieve greater movement of the teeth: they were the Invisalign from the USA (1997) and the Clear Aligner System developed by T-W. Kim of Korea in 1998. The Invisalign treatment was introduced in 1999 at the American Orthodontics Conference. The innovative thing about Align was that a whole series of computer-aided models, right up to the desired end result, could be produced from one single impression of the teeth. These models could then be used to produce a randomly large series of aligners for a patient without having to take any new impressions. Fascinating though this may be, it was unfortunate that Align was then able to get a US patent to produce more than three aligners from a single impression. But any orthodontic technician had already been able to do this for some time without the aid of computer technology. So, what we have here is a trivial patent that, in the eyes of many specialists, has been wrongly granted. This patent enabled Align to sue any potential competitors right out of the market. The best known victim of this strategy was the American company OrthoClear in 2006. Not even in Germany are competitors of Align protected from such legal action. Align’s American patents prevent other companies from developing their products organically because this will always put them in danger of infringing the patent. In spite of this, there are presently companies in many European countries that compete with Align and its Invisalign product.
Orthodontic Solutions Clear Aligners were introduced onto the German market in 2008 by it’s German counterpart K Line Europe GmbH. The system acclaimed huge success in Germany and rest of Europe due to the new and innovative design of the appliance, superior material of the appliance developed by the R&D; team & backed by experienced staff(Orthodontists Only) .
Kline entered the Indian market in May 2013 under the expert guidance of Dr. Swapnil Gupta, who was instrumental for introducing & promoting Clear Aligners since the inception of CAD/CAM aligners into the Indian Market during 2011.
Orthodontic Solutions (P) Ltd. was incorporated and took over the business in India, Malaysia & Indonesia from the parent company Kline Europe GmbH. The company is managed by Dr.Swapnil Gupta & it introduces an absolutely new trend in the orthodontic industry. For the first time a company & product is managed by experienced Orthodontists and not the regular sales & marketing people. This unique feature helps us to provide unmatched services not only in terms of logistics but an unparallel backend support which makes the entire process of the treatment since start to end extremely comfortable.