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LONDON, UK: Clear aligner provider Align Technology has recently announced that the Invisalign system has cracked the ten million mark. The clear aligners are used to treat adults, adolescents and children from the age of six. According to the company, out of the ten million patients, 2.6 million are teenage patients.
The ten millionth patient is Gabriela Silva, who has started her treatment with an Invisalign-trained orthodontist in São Paulo in Brazil.
In a company press release, Align Technology CEO Joe Hogan, commenting on the milestone, said: “It’s remarkable to think about the pace of growth and adoption that we are experiencing worldwide, especially when considering it took ten years to achieve our one millionth Invisalign patient milestone and now we are adding one million new Invisalign patients in less than six months.”
He added that the company is grateful to its clinician partners, their patients and the 20,000 employees around the world who helped to reach this milestone.
In celebration of the ten millionth Invisalign case, the company has donated US$10 million to the Align Foundation donor-advised fund to support organisations who share Align Technology’s visions of transforming smiles and changing lives, supporting and educating teenagers, and empowering clinician customers through partnerships with learning institutions and foundations.
“We are also kicking off a campaign called ‘10 Million Smiles. 10 Million Thanks’ centred around the transformative power of Invisalign treatment through the eyes of Invisalign patients. This is our way to say thank you and inspire others to share their smiles with the world using #10MInvisalignSmiles,” said Hogan.
UK and Ireland celebrate milestone with consumer competition
To celebrate the ten millionth milestone in the UK and in Ireland, Align Technology is giving ten consumers a chance to win up to £1,000 (€1,175) to cover their Invisalign treatment. The competition runs until 15 June, and the consumers need to complete a SmileView smile simulation on the Invisalign UK or Ireland website.