Align Technology, Inc. have announced that five million patients have started Invisalign treatment
This is a significant milestone for the clear aligner company and their 127,000 Invisalign-trained dentists.
‘It’s very rewarding to see how rapidly Invisalign treatment is growing around the world. I can’t believe our first ‘million’ took ten years to achieve, while our fifth ‘million’ only took one year,’ said Joe Hogan, Align Technology president and CEO. ‘We’re continuing to see a significant increase in adoption of Invisalign treatment globally, especially among teens. In the third quarter of 2017, worldwide Invisalign shipments to teenagers increased 46% compared to the same period last year.
‘To date, over one million teenagers have started orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. The introduction of Invisalign Teen with Mandibular Advancement** gives Invisalign providers even more confidence that they can deliver great outcomes and great treatment experience to teens in their practices,’ he said.
To mark this major milestone of treating five million patients, Align Technology is reaffirming its previous commitment to help provide treatment to children around the world born with cleft lip and cleft palate, and will donate $1 to Operation Smile for every public share of a photo of a person’s smile on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #5MillionSmiles – for a total donation of up to $1 million.*
Align Technology would like to invite Invisalign patients and everyone around the world to help a child in need by participating in the ‘5 Million Smiles’ social media campaign using the dedicated hashtag #5MillionSmiles. Each post of a person’s smile with the hashtag #5MillionSmiles published on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, will be matched by Align Technology with a donation of $1 to Operation Smile for a total pledge up to $1 million*.
*Align Technology donation pledge through to March 3, 2018. To date, Align has donated more than US$400 thousand to Operation Smile. Facebook shares must be made public in order to trigger the donation. Restrictions apply. See the full terms and conditions at Invisalign.co.uk
**Invisalign Teen with mandibular advancement is available from Invisalign providers outside the United States and is pending 510(k) clearance in the United States.