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Press Release July 20, 2023

Operation Smile and Align Technology Announce Title Sponsorship of Operation Smile International Student Leadership Conference

Press Release July 20, 2023

Operation Smile and Align Technology Announce Title Sponsorship of Operation Smile International Student Leadership Conference

Align’s continued investment in Operation Smile and the ISLC conference reflects the company’s commitment to improving the lives of young people through education and leadership opportunities.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. and TEMPE, Ariz. (PRWEB) July 20, 2023  – Operation Smile today announced that Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) a leading global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells the Invisalign® system of clear aligners, iTero™ intraoral scanners, and exocad™ CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry, is the 2023 title sponsor of Operation Smile’s Student Programs’ International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC), being held at El Pueblo resort in Lima, Peru, from July 17 through July 23, 2023.

The week-long annual conference for high school students involved in Operation Smile’s Student Programs is held at various locations around the world and this year hosted over 200 participants representing 23 countries. ISLC helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills and character, provides training on how to help people in developing countries, and exposes students to different cultures. The impact of this year’s ISLC on the student participants has been evident from the start. Nisa Ardat, Align Technology scholarship recipient from Ghana said, “Align is doing so much, providing opportunities for us. For those of us who probably could not have been able to join without Align, we were able to come and meet with students from around the world to talk about cleft lip and cleft palate surgery."

Align has worked alongside Operation Smile for nearly a decade, helping the nonprofit transform smiles and achieve surgical excellence in more than 35 low- and middle-income countries. Align supports both Operation Smile’s extensive surgical programs and Operation Smile’s Student Programs, which aim to empower children and young adults to create a more compassionate world through education, service and leadership.

“Our partnership with Align Technology continues to change lives around the world,” said Kristie Porcaro, Operation Smile’s Chief Strategy Officer. “This continued investment in our youth leaders through the ISLC is the latest example of Align’s commitment to creating brighter futures and our shared values of compassion and impact.”

Felipe Barreiro, Align Technology’s vice president and general manager of Latin America, served as a keynote speaker at this year’s ISLC.  “We are proud to support Operation Smile as they deliver on our shared purpose of transforming smiles and changing lives,” said Barreiro. “I am personally honored to welcome the conference participants to Latin America and have this opportunity to hear from student leaders at ISLC and learn more about the incredible work of Operation Smile.”


About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® System, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero™ intraoral scanners and services, and exocad™ CAD/CAM software. These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for approximately 243 thousand doctor customers and are key to accessing Align’s 500 million consumer market opportunity worldwide. Over the past 25 years, Align has helped doctors treat over 15.1 million patients with the Invisalign System and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform™, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services delivered as a seamless, end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and GP dentists, and lab/partners. Visit for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign System or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit For additional information about the iTero digital scanning system, please visit For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit

About Operation Smile
Operation Smile is a global nonprofit specializing in expert cleft surgery and care. We provide medical expertise, research and care through our dedicated staff and medical and student volunteers around the world, working alongside local governments, nonprofits, and health systems, and supported by our generous donors. For more information about Operation Smile, please visit:


It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide life-changing surgery and a bright, beautiful new smile to a waiting child.