Enabling research and innovation

Research award program

Align Technology believes in enabling research and innovation within the dentistry industry with a goal to improve orthodontic and dental treatment for communities around the globe.

In 2010, Align Technology began the Research Award Program with the goal to support clinical and scientific orthodontic and dental research in universities across the globe. Since its inception in 2010, we have funded over $2.0 million in research awards. Research has provided insights into various areas including tooth movement efficacy with clear aligner therapy, oral hygiene and microbial bacteria presence or absence with clear aligners, and comparisons in quality of life with aligners as compared to fixed appliances.

Each year, awards are made available for dental research at universities across the globe. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection.

Awards available for 2019 were four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in the America’s (includes Canada, Latin America and South America), four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in EMEA, and four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in APAC.

Eligible applicants for the dental research award component included full- and part-time faculty involved in dental or scientific research at universities at which Invisalign® treatment is available. All applications were reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwarded its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection.

Recipients of 2019 research grants

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of award grants. The funded research studies cover a wide range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatment in orthodontics and dentistry including: efficacy of 3-dimensional tooth movements, clinical evaluation of surface wear of attachments, comparing effects of two prescriptions using the mandibular advancement appliance, accuracy of interproximal reduction performed by doctors, efficacy of predefined tooth rotation with aligners, effectiveness of clear aligners in reducing incidence of root resorption and alveolar bone compared to fixed appliances, to determine the impact of intruding posterior teeth and tipping of the occlusal plane during treatment with aligners, and a survey to identify what requirements are important to patients who decide to be treated with aligners.

The Americas research award recipients for 2019 are:

  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) - Dr. Bingshuang Zou
  • University of Texas at Houston (Houston, USA) - Dr. F. Kurtis Kasper

The European research award recipients for 2019 are:

  • University of Mainz (Mainz, Germany) - Dr. Christina Erbe
  • University of Turin (Turin, Italy) – Dr. Serena Ravera
  • Medical University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria) - Dr. Erwin Jonke
  • University of Insubria (Varese, Italy) - Dr. Luca Levrini

The Asian research award recipients for 2019 are:

  • University of Queensland (Queensland, Australia) - Dr. Tony Weir
  • Sichuan University (Chengdu, China) - Dr. Wenli Lai
  • Nanchang University (Nanchang, China) - Dr. Jun Wu
  • Sichuan University (Chengdu, China) - Dr. Yu Li