Align Technology, Inc. history, profile and corporate video
Align Technology, Inc. is a global medical device company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Align Technology’s solutions include the Invisalign system and iTero intraoral scanners.
The Invisalign system
The Invisalign system is one of the most advanced clear aligner systems in the world, used for straightening teeth with a series of custom-made aligners for each patient.
The iTero intraoral scanners deliver visualization capabilities for general practitioners or orthodontists. Its imaging technology uses optical and laser scanning to achieve accurate scans in color. The iTero software features iTero TimeLapse, a tool that compares records over time, visualizing tooth wear, movements, and gingival changes.
iTero scans are used in millions restorative crowns, bridges, and custom implant abutment cases and millions iTero orthodontic scans.
Align Technology was founded in 1997 by five employees in a small duplex in Redwood City, California. They began the work on developing a clear aligner with a simple concept in mind – how to leverage technology to straighten teeth.
In 1999, Align Technology pioneered the invisible orthodontics market with the introduction of the Invisalign system.
In 2001, Align Technology launched Align Germany.
In 2007, the Asia Pacific Distributor of Invisalign was established.
In November 2007, Vivera retainers were introduced for superior strength in clear retention.
In 2008, Invisalign Teen was introduced (clear, removable aligners for teenagers).
In 2010, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Distributor of Invisalign was established.
In 2011, Align Technology acquired Cadent Inc. (iTero intraoral Scanner).
In 2013, Asia Pacific Distributor was acquired.
In 2014, the EMEA distributor was acquired.
In 2016, Align launched Invisalign in India.
In 2017, the distributor for Invisalign in Brazil, Align Technology Do Brasil LTDA, was acquired.
In June 2017, Align opened a new Invisalign treatment facility in Chengdu, China.
In November 2017, Align opened the first Invisalign pilot store in San Francisco.
In 2018, Align opened an Invisalign treatment planning and training facility in Germany.
In September 2018, Align launched a treatment planning facility in Spain.
In 2019, Align University training institute was opened in Shanghai, China.
In March 2019, a strategic alliance with Digital Smile Design was announced.
In September 2019, Align announced a global distribution agreement with Zimmer Biomet Dental for iTero element intraoral scanners.
In April 2020, Exocad, a global Dental CAD/CAM Software, was acquired.
In June 2020, Align Technology announced a partnership with MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific.
With more than 20,000 employees, Align Technology, Inc. is considered one of the Largest Public Companies in the World, according to Forbes.
*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.aligntech.com.
**Video published on YouTube by “Align Technology“.