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Align reached its first millionth Invisalign teen patient in 2017, 10 years after initially targeting teens, and achieved its 2nd millionth Invisalign milestone only three years later.
Align Technology, Inc announced that 2 million teen patients have now started treatment with the Invisalign clear aligner system, the company said in a press release this week. Align reached its first millionth Invisalign teen patient in 2017, 10 years after initially targeting teens, and achieved its 2nd millionth Invisalign milestone only three years later, which reflects accelerating adoption globally, Align’s statement read.
The 2 millionth teen Invisalign patient, Kaitlynn Ratliff, is a student and athlete who began her Invisalign treatment in January 2020.
She’s being treated by Dr. Tom Hartsock of Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics in Pikeville, KY. Dr. Hartsock is an Invisalign provider who specializes in teen treatment with Invisalign aligners and with the iTero scanner.
“I am grateful to have been a part of the Invisalign teen treatment journey over the last several years,” Dr. Hartsock said. “We started using Invisalign aligners to treat teens because of their busy lifestyles and to decrease the stress of typical orthodontic appointments and restrictions on families. When we started using the iTero scanner and understanding how ClinCheck Pro software worked, as well as seeing the finished clinical results, treating teens with Invisalign aligners became the standard for our practice.”
“These milestones are as much of an accomplishment for our doctor customers as they are for Align,” said Simon Beard, Align Technology senior vice president and managing director, Americas. “Adoption of Invisalign treatment for teens relies so much on the confidence doctors have in the clinical outcomes they’ll achieve with Invisalign aligners, and the treatment experience and efficiencies they can deliver with our approach to a digital orthodontic platform. We are so appreciative of Dr. Hartsock’s support of Invisalign treatment, and we look forward to following Kaitlynn’s treatment journey and seeing her new smile.”
To mark this milestone and in appreciation of Dr. Hartsocks and Kaitlynn Ratliff, Align is making a donation to a community food bank in Pikeville, KY to support families in need.