Align Technology awards $220K for orthodontic research

Align Technology has awarded $220,000 in scientific research funding for projects seeking to better understand orthodontic treatment with clear aligners.

The company gave $160,000 in new funding to four universities in North America and four universities internationally, as well as $60,000 in renewals for existing research projects. All proposals were reviewed and prioritized by an independent academic committee.

The eight new study proposals approved for funding are listed below:

  1. An evaluation of the enamel width at the contact points of the permanent dentition in association with interproximal reduction
  2. An analysis of specific tooth movements in teenagers treated with Invisalign aligners
  3. An analysis of canine rotations treated with Invisalign aligners
  4. A study on oral hygiene levels and the quality of bacterial plaque during orthodontic treatment
  5. An evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of clear aligner treatment in Class I moderate crowding malocclusions
  6. A risk-factor study to identify potential biomarkers for caries and periodontal disease in orthodontic patients
  7. A finite-element analysis evaluation of tooth movement with clear aligners
  8. An evaluation of the accuracy and reproducibility of orthodontic measurements using the iOC intraoral scanner

The 2013 Align Research Award Program details will be announced later this year.

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