SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 5 Align Technology,Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) today announced the launch of Vivera retainers, a newsubscription-based program that delivers clear, fresh retainers to orthodonticpatients every three months for an entire year. Studies show that withoutretention, even perfectly aligned teeth can gradually revert to their pre-treatment state, and that dentition continues to change into a patient's 50sand beyond.
Vivera retainers are an effective, aesthetic retention solution thatdelivers new retainers directly to patients or to the treating doctor fourtimes a year. Unlike other traditional clear retainers, Vivera retainers aremade with the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign aligners, whichemploy 3-D digital imaging, proprietary clear thermoplastic material andadvanced fabrication technology to create a strong retainer with a precise,comfortable fit.
Retainers need to be strong enough to maintain tooth position. Align's labtests show that Vivera's proprietary thermoplastic material is more than 30percent stronger than other leading clear retainer materials. That strength isa key quality for retaining teeth in their final position. Align's researchalso demonstrates that many clear thermoplastic retainers begin to deform(warp or crack) after as little as two months of simulated daytime wear,impacting their ability to maintain teeth in their final retained position.
"Vivera retainers were created to fit the needs of patients' busylifestyles," stated Rick Matty, general manager, new products at AlignTechnology. "Not only do patients get the convenience of fresh retainersdelivered to their door throughout the year, they get a retainer that works."
"Vivera retainers are going to help me keep my patients in workingretention," said Kenneth Carver DDS. Dr. Carver has a private practice inKingsport, Tennessee and is CEO of U.S. Dental Institute, an organization thathas provided continuing education courses to dental professionals for morethan thirty years. "Vivera is a complete program that overcomes the typicalbarriers to good retention by delivering fresh, aesthetic retainers on a setschedule and by providing an easy process for replacing lost or damagedretainers."
Vivera retainers are suitable for Invisalign and non-Invisalign patients,and can be made directly from a final Invisalign treatment stage or from adental impression (for non-Invisalign patients). The lab fee for a one-year,dual-arch subscription (totaling 4 sets of retainers) is $275. A simple andintuitive website is used to enroll patients and manage subscriptions.
Vivera retainers have been launched in select markets with generalavailability planned for late November. Initially, Vivera retainers will beavailable only through Invisalign-certified doctors in North America. Visitwww.viveraretainers.com for full product and pricing details.
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, aproprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth.Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible,removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position.Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires,Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitationsassociated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults andolder teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDAclearance to market Invisalign in 1998.
To learn more about Invisalign or to find a certified Invisalign doctor inyour area, please visit www.invisalign.com or call 1-800-INVISIBLE.Investor Relations Contact Press Contact Shirley Stacy Shannon Mangum Henderson Align Technology, Inc. Ethos Communication, Inc. (408) 470-1150