When I originally went looking for an orthodontist (read about the whole sorry saga here) one of my prerequisites was that my dentist should be an Invisalign Platinum Provider (Invisalign Premier provider in the US). At the time I was looking this seemed to be the blue chip of Invisalign orthodontics, a sign that the Doctor in question was one of the most experienced orthodontists or dentists in using the Invisalign system.
Then the other day whilst at my orthodontists I noticed a new plaque on his wall. This one congratulated him on being a Platinum Elite Invisalign provider. I was intrigued. Was this just another name for platinum providers, or had the fine people at Invisalign created a whole new tier for our goodly orthodontists to aspire to?
Well a quick search on the Invisalign website has enlightened me. Apparently a platinum provider is the name given for “Doctors who have a high level of Invisalign experience based on the number of patients treated” whilst Platinum Elite providers (Invisalign premier provider elite) are “Doctors who have the highest level of Invisalign experience based on the number of patients treated”
The receptionists at my orthodontists office also told me that Elite status is reassesssed regularly and only those orthodontists that complete enough cases on an ongoing basis retain the Elite title.
As a post script I have just found out that there are silver, gold, platinum and platinum elite providers in the Uk and some other countries!