Align Technology, Inc., the worldwide market leader in clear aligner orthodontics, has announced that 3 million patients have commenced treatment with the Invisalign system. This significant milestone in reflects an accelerating rate of adoption worldwide by Invisalign-trained doctors and their patients. To mark the milestone, Align Technology has teamed up with Operation Smile to help children across the globe born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Align will donate $1 for every public share of a photo of a person's smile on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #3millionsmiles - up to $1 million.*
"This major milestone was achieved in partnership with our network of Invisalign providers in more than 80 countries around the world," said Thomas M. Prescott, Align Technology president and CEO. "We are proud to be helping these doctors transform smiles with Invisalign treatment as more and more people realise the benefits of straightening their teeth without brackets and wires. And we hope to inspire others to give more smiles to children around the world with our pledge to Operation Smile."
Contributing to this achievement is the expansion of Invisalign treatment in international markets, specifically Europe and Asia, combined with Align Technology's ongoing commitment to deliver new products and features that provide doctors with increased clinical confidence to straighten teeth. By combining biomechanics research, 3D software technology, cutting-edge mass-customisation, and insights from treating 3 million-plus patients worldwide, Invisalign clear aligners provide a more comfortable and aesthetically appealing treatment option for various orthodontic issues.
About Align Technology, Inc
All Invisalign products are designed, manufactured and marketed by Align Technology, Inc. Today the Invisalign product family includes Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express and Vivera Retainers. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are trademarks of Align Technology, Inc. Align Technology develops innovative, technology-rich products such as the Invisalign system and the iTero scanner and services.
About Operation Smile
Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. To build long-term sufficiency in resource-poor environments, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their local communities. Operation Smile also donates medical equipment and supplies and provides year-round medical treatments through its worldwide centers.
* Beginning immediately through March 3, 2018. Minimum guaranteed donation of US$500,000. Facebook shares must be made public in order to trigger the donation. Restrictions apply. See details at Invisalign.com.