Align Technology Introduces the Invisalign® Palatal Expander System to Address Skeletal Expansion in Growing Patients, Including Teenage Patients Which Represent the Majority of Orthodontic Case Starts Globally
- Invisalign® Palatal Expanders offer doctors a removeable, safe, and clinically effective alternative to metal palate expanders.
- Combined with Invisalign First™ aligners, Invisalign Palatal Expanders provide doctors with a full early intervention treatment solution, including both skeletal (orthopedic) and dental (orthodontic) arch expansion.
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Dr. Sandra Tai’s patient independently inserting Invisalign® Palatal Expander. (Photo: Business Wire)
Speaking from the company’s 2023 Investor Day in
The Invisalign Palatal Expander System consists of a series of removable devices staged in small increments of movement to expand a patient’s narrow maxilla to a position determined by their treating doctor. Each direct 3D printed device is customized to the patient’s unique anatomy based on an iTero™ digital scan. A palatal expansion treatment plan and device design are then developed using Align’s proprietary AI-driven orthodontic software.
Phase 1 treatment is early interceptive orthodontic treatment for young patients, traditionally done through arch expanders or partial metal braces, before all permanent teeth have erupted – typically at ages 6 through 10. Invisalign First clear aligners are designed specifically to address a broad range of younger patients’ malocclusions, including shorter clinical crowns, management of erupting dentition, and predictable dental arch expansion.
“Phase 1 or early interceptive treatment makes up 20 percent of orthodontic case starts each year and is growing,” said Dr.
“The Invisalign Palatal Expander System is a game changer, as it alleviates the most common challenges with palatal expansion, including maintaining proper hygiene, emergency appointments, turning the screw, and the parent’s fear of causing pain to the child in treatment,” said Dr.
The Invisalign Palatal Expander System is currently available on a limited basis in
The Invisalign Palatal Expander System is pending pre-market notification (510(k) submission) to the
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Based on data from a multi-site US Early Feasibility Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study (n=29 subjects, ages 7-10 years) of expansion treatment with Invisalign® Palatal Expanders.
For additional information about the Invisalign System or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about the iTero digital scanning system, please visit www.itero.com. For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit www.exocad.com.
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About The Invisalign Palatal Expander System*
Invisalign Palatal Expander System* is a modern, innovative direct 3D printed orthodontic appliance designed based on proprietary and patented technology. Invisalign Palatal Expanders are intended for use in rapid expansion and subsequent holding of skeletal and/or dental narrow maxilla (upper jaw, dental arch, palate) with primary, mixed (primary and permanent), or permanent dentition during interceptive treatment such as Phase 1 treatment and orthodontic or orthopedic treatment in children or adolescents. Devices are 3D printed and are manufactured based on digital scan data from commercially available iTero® intraoral scanners offered by
*The System is comprised of Invisalign Palatal Expanders (active expansion, each stage comes with a programmed expansion of 0.25mm/day) and Invisalign Palatal Holders (holders, changed every 2-4 weeks).