Who Invented Clear Braces? Rochester, MN Dentist Tells You

woman smilingThe beginnings of orthodontic treatment date back to the 1880s, however, the introduction of clear braces is relatively new. As more adults seek orthodontic treatment, clear braces continue to increase in popularity.

Today, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, your Rochester, MN dentist discusses who invented clear braces with her patients.

How Clear Braces Got Started

Then first attempt at clear braces was back in 1987, however, these failed to provide the treatment patients needed. The appliances were ill-fitting, not precise, weren’t cost effective, to say the least.

Then in 1997, two Stanford University students by the names of, Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth, perfected what is now widely known as Invisalign clear braces. The MBA students used computer imaging to create the plastic aligners. Additionally, they made sure the braces were just as effective as traditional braces, with half the hassle.

Ironically, neither student had any dental knowledge and were actually metal braces wearers themselves, who were tired of dealing with traditional orthodontic treatment. Their invention hit the market in 2000 and have since been the easiest alternative to braces.

Clear Braces and Your Orthodontic Treatment

Today, clear braces have become most popular amongst adults, as aforementioned. These braces utilize translucent polycrystalline alumina (or TPA), which is a plastic protective coating originally invented by NASA to protect missiles. By using TPA Chishi and Wirth were able to create a durable plastic aligner that can withstand long-term use.

Moreover, according to your Rochester, MN dentist, clear braces cost about the same as traditional braces and require a similar treatment time frame. Yet, patients have the freedom to remove the aligners to eat and clean their teeth with ease each day.

Invisalign Braces from Calcagno Family Dentistry

For patients who wish to correct their smiles the inconspicuous way, talk to Dr. Calcagno about clear braces. These alternatives to traditional metal braces can make orthodontic treatment simple and efficient. To schedule an appointment with your Rochester, MN dental practice, call us at (507) 281-3659. Also, visit our website for services, before and after photos, and testimonials. We look forward to treating patients from Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding communities.