Align Technology, Inc.
| Nasdaq: ALGN
Align Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intra-oral scanners and computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing digital services used in dentistry, orthodontics, and dental records storage. It operates through two business segments: Clear Aligner and Scanner and CAD/CAM Services. The Clear Aligner segment includes Invisalign system, which is a proprietary method for treating malocclusion based on a series of doctor-prescribed, custom manufactured, clear plastic removable orthodontic aligners. The Invisalign system offers a range of treatment options, specialized services, and proprietary software for treatment visualization and is comprised of the following phases: Orthodontic diagnosis and transmission, preparation of 3D computer models of the patient's initial malocclusion, preparation of computer-simulated treatment and viewing of treatment using ClinCheck software, construction of molds corresponding to each step of treatment, manufacture of aligners and shipment to the dental professional and retention. The Scanners and CAD/CAM Services segment includes iTero intra-oral scanner and OrthoCAD restorative models used by dental professionals and/or labs and services for orthodontic digital procedures. The Intra-oral scanning is an emerging technology that enabling the dental practitioner to create a 3D image of the patient's teeth using a handheld intra-oral scanner inside the mouth. Align Technology was founded by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in March 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.