A California judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the makers of Invisilign, an alternative to metal braces, who claimed the treatment did not correct her malocclusion.
The lawsuit, filed in 2015, claimed an Invisilign brochure falsely advertised the product as a means of treating a malocclusion, a condition in which unusually smooth molar surfaces cause a poor bite. Crowns usually are recommended to treat this condition, because they help give the patient a better grip with their back teeth.
The judge said the plaintiff never demonstrated that any part of the brochure included false advertising. In fact, the literature clearly states that Invisilign can’t treat “tooth malocclusion requiring surgical correction” — the exact condition the plaintiff has.
The judge noted that the plaintiff “provides no specific allegations as to what information conveyed to her that was false or misleading, and upon which she relied to purchase the Invisalign system.”
No Evidence Presented
The plaintiff’s self-described “worn-down teeth” looked similar to a picture of teeth she saw in one of the brochures, she said. However, the judge found no such image on the Invisalign website or any of the brochures.
According to Invisalign’s legal team, no evidence of misrepresentation was presented, and the device has always been marketed as a potential alternative to braces for straightening teeth, not for addressing complex problems such as malocclusion.
Relying on the Right Orthodontist
No reputable orthodontist would recommend Invisalign or braces for a malocclusion that requires surgery. This is why it’s so important to research and identify the best orthodontist in your area.
Invisalign is a great option for many patients looking for straighter teeth, but it cannot treat a variety of more serious problems. Just like braces, Invisalign has limits, and it was created for certain patients with specific conditions.
Sought Proper Treatment
The plaintiff wore the aligners for nearly two years before she found out it did nothing to treat malocclusion. This is something her orthodontist should have known beforehand, and certainly should have noticed over two years of treatment.
Ultimately, she underwent corrective treatment one year after stopping use of Invisalign.
Potential patients should discuss Invisalign in depth with an orthodontist — it’s not a quick fix.
This dismissed suit serves as a reminder of how important it is to work with an established orthodontist. Never take orthodontics into your own hands, and know that what works for some people may not be the best fit for everyone.
Call Johnson Elite Orthodontics to find out more about Invisalign, braces and other orthodontic treatment plans that might be the perfect match for your needs.