Align Technology Introduces One-Week Aligner Wear for Invisalign(R) Teen and Full Products
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - October 11, 2016) - Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced that one-week aligner wear is now recommended for all Invisalign Full, Teen and Assist products, instead of two-week aligner wear for each stage of Invisalign treatment. Continued Invisalign product innovation including "G-Series" features, SmartTrack aligner material, and clinically proven treatment predictability, allow the company to confidently recommend one-week wear. Only the Invisalign system combines SmartTrack material with SmartForce features and SmartStage technology to provide more predictable tooth movement than ever before. Align's recommendation is also based on clinical analysis(1) of more than 200 in-progress Invisalign cases, the experiences of numerous Invisalign providers, as well as the unanimous endorsement of its North American Clinical Advisory Board for the use of one-week aligner wear.
"Patients want shorter treatment times and doctors want more efficient treatment," said Raphael Pascaud, Align Technology CMO. "Significant improvements in Invisalign product predictability over the last few years, especially resulting from our proprietary SmartTrack aligner material, and the positive experiences shared by Invisalign providers who prescribe one-week aligner wear give us confidence that most patients using Invisalign Teen or Full products will benefit from weekly aligner changes and shorter overall treatment times."
"The gold standard for any orthodontist is for treatment to be both effective and efficient," said Dr. Robert Fry, an Elite Top 1% Invisalign provider in Overland Park, Kansas. "Over the years, Invisalign aligners have proven to be effective and predictable for almost every type of case. Now, the emphasis should be on making it more efficient for doctors and their patients. I believe weekly aligner changes can reduce treatment time and increase efficiency and profitability in the practice with no change in predictability of treatment outcomes, and many of my peers agree." Dr. Fry is a member of Align's North American Clinical Advisory Board, an organization of highly experienced practicing orthodontists and educators who unanimously recommend weekly aligner changes for most patients.
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