Friday, June 5, 2009
Markham Orthodontist Provides Details about Invisalign Proficiency
Here at Markham Centre Orthodontics, we draw Invisalign patients from all over the Greater Toronto Area, including Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Unionville, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Stouffville, and more. Our patients are well-educated about Invisalign and understand that they are choosing an experienced Premier Provider Invisalign orthodontist for their treatment.
While Invisalign is a fantastic way to straighten teeth without braces, it isn't as easy as taking an impression, seeing a movie, and expecting to see a result. There are many important aspects to proper Greater Toronto Invisalign treatment, requiring knowledge of how teeth move with aligners.
The parent company of Align Technologies has recognized that there is a problem with less experienced providers, including both dentists and orthodontists. As such, they have made a move to ensure a certain level of competency and experience for Invisalign providers. Interestingly, the majority of complaints about this new program are from a large number of general dentists and a smaller number of orthodontists. On a side note, this move has been applauded by the American Association of Orthodontists.
Our Markham Invisalign patients should feel assured that we met the requirements in the first month of 2009. In fact, we have far exceeded the minimal levels and are in the top 5% of Invisalign Providers in North America. We have also been the choice of Invisalign certified Markham dentists and their family members for their own Invisalign braces. You are in good hands :).
Contact us at 905-477-7750 to schedule your complimentary initial assessment for Richmond Hill Invisalign, Thornhill Invisalign Teen, and Markham Invisalign Express with your Greater Toronto Invisalign Premier Provider Orthodontist. Find out more about Invisalign here.
Press release from Invisalign:
Align Technology Announces Invisalign® Proficiency Program to Help Doctors Build Product Experience
New product proficiency baseline requires 10 case starts and 10 CE credits per year
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 2, 2009 -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) today announced that it is implementing a product proficiency program in North America to help ensure that Invisalign-trained doctors have the experience and confidence necessary to achieve high quality treatment outcomes for Invisalign patients. The Invisalign System is an evolving, skill-based procedure that requires regular usage and ongoing education to develop proficiency with the product and technique. The Invisalign proficiency initiative, along with ongoing improvements in Invisalign products, training and support, is evidence of Align’s commitment to helping Invisalign-trained doctors gain the knowledge and experience they need to be successful with Invisalign.
Effective June 1, the Invisalign product proficiency program requires every Invisalign provider in North America to start 10 Invisalign cases and complete at least 10 Invisalign-specific continuing education (CE) credits each calendar year to maintain active provider status. Doctors who do not meet the annual case start and CE requirements by the end of each calendar year, starting with December 31, 2009, will be able to continue treating any cases in-progress, but they will not be eligible to submit new Invisalign cases or to use Invisalign marketing resources. Doctors can reactivate their provider status by retaking Invisalign Clear Essentials I training and meeting the proficiency requirements during the new calendar year.
“Based on more than a million patients treated to date, we know that a doctor’s proficiency levels with Invisalign are a reflection of his or her Invisalign case experience,” said Dan Ellis, vice president North America Sales. “We are committed to helping our customers gain the product knowledge and confidence they need to achieve high quality treatment outcomes. In addition, by ensuring a baseline of experience, Align can also better support the needs of Invisalign providers by tailoring programs and services to help doctors build and maintain a working knowledge of Invisalign.”
As part of the Invisalign proficiency program, Align has created a Proficiency Pathway to ensure that doctors have the appropriate education tools and support to be successful with Invisalign. The Proficiency Pathway provides clinical educational opportunities to help doctors achieve confidence with Align Technology Inc. 881 Martin Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95050 Tel: (408) 470-1000 Fax: (408) 470-1201
Align Technology, Inc. Announces Invisalign Proficiency Program case selection and treatment planning, case submission and treatment management, as well as aspects of practice development. The pathway is divided into six milestones and under each milestone Align has identified courses or content specifically related to increasing a doctor’s knowledge and confidence based on his or her current case experience level.
Dr. Randol Womack completed Invisalign training in 1999 and has been teaching Invisalign courses since 2001. “As with any health-related service, the doctor has the obligation to become proficient in his or her proposed treatment method in order to represent a predictable resolution to the patient’s prime concern and expectation.” said Dr. Womack. “The combination of training and sufficient experience with the Invisalign System is key to ensuring the doctor has the confidence needed to provide patients with the great outcomes they expect.”
Invisalign-trained doctors now have a range of Invisalign products that provide treatment solutions for most day-to-day treatment needs. In 2008, Align introduced three new product offerings with new features, tools and delivery options to meet specific clinical demands while providing a family of end-to-end solutions for doctors. With the launch of these new products, the Invisalign product family includes: Invisalign Express for simple/limited treatment cases, Invisalign Full or Invisalign Assist for comprehensive or complex cases, Invisalign Teen for younger patients, and Vivera Retainers for post-treatment retention.