Align Releases New iTero Workflow 2.0

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Align Technology releases new iTero Workflow 2.0 and previews Element 5D auto-upload functionality

Align Technology has announced the new iTero Workflow 2.0 software with features that enhance intraoral image sharpness to aid hard and soft tissue treatment diagnosis, while also: “Driving practice efficiency, patient engagement, and a more seamless end-to-end digital treatment experience for doctors and their patients”, according to a company statement.

Yuval Shaked, Align Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the iTero systems and services business, explains: “Align’s commitment to innovation in digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry reflects our $250 million annual investment in developing products and services that provide a great treatment outcome and seamless experience through the Align digital platform.

“Our new iTero Workflow 2.0 software features were developed to simplify and streamline a clinician’s daily routine and increase practice efficiency. From a faster, all-in-one scan with enhanced visualisation capabilities to improved patient communication, including the ability to capture, annotate and then share Invisalign simulations or restorative treatment plans digitally, these new features provide better clinical diagnosis and help patients better understand their oral health conditions and the proposed treatment options.”

The newly released iTero Workflow 2.0 software features include:

• A faster and smoother all-in-one scan for maximum efficiency with 20% less waiting for processing time on the iTero Element Plus Series scanners and 50% faster movement and 25% faster rotation during scanning for efficient daily use and ease of learning on all iTero Element scanners.

• The integrated 3D intraoral camera included in the iTero Element 5D Plus imaging system provides enhanced sharpness and improved image quality powered by advanced AI capabilities to deliver clearer soft and hard tissue details to support diagnosis. In addition, the enhanced capabilities allow the efficient use of intraoral scan images in place of traditional intraoral photos as they automatically capture multiple intraoral images from different angles with one scan.

• The new Snapshot tool and iTero Scan Report allow dentists and their team to capture information such as Invisalign Outcome Simulator projections and share it digitally with their patients, helping patients make more confident decisions – in the dental chair or at home – which may lead to higher treatment acceptance.

Dr Olivier Boujenah, who participated in the limited market release, takes up the thread: “I am already experiencing meaningful differences with the new iTero software features and have seen significantly reduced scan times. The intraoral images are much sharper, and my patients are impressed by the details and clarity, which leads them to ask more questions about treatment options.

“Being able to send digital files with patients when they leave the office through the iTero Scan Report keeps our conversation going even after they reach home, and I already see this capability helping with patient acceptance.”

iTero Workflow 2.0 software features are being rolled out regionally and are expected to be available in all markets where the iTero Element Plus imaging systems are available by the end of 2021’s second quarter. Software features will vary by scanner. Discover more at https://bit.ly/2ROw0fD.

Align Technology has also announced that new iTero Element 5D imaging system auto-upload of intraoral photos for Invisalign case submissions will be available in the third quarter of 2021. This new functionality will eliminate steps and streamline Invisalign case submissions with intraoral colour scan images that can be used in place of traditional intraoral photos.

The iTero Element 5D imaging system wands are designed with advanced technology, including an intraoral camera, that can scan, capture and auto convert the scan into 2D colour photos. This enhanced capability provides the option to automatically populate the five required images in the prescription form in the Invisalign Doctor Site (IDS) with 2D colour scan photos.

Currently, the Invisalign prescription form requires at least five intraoral photos upon submission, taken with Invisalign Photo Uploader (IPU) or a digital camera. This new auto upload functionality will be available in all markets where the iTero Element 5D imaging systems are sold.

Dr Heather Stone Hopkins adds: “I am excited to hear about the new iTero Element 5D auto-upload feature. Digital technology such as the iTero scanner has been a game changer for my practice. In addition to eliminating goopy PVS impressions, the iTero Element 5D also simultaneously records 3D, intraoral colour and NIRI images — eliminating the need for multiple devices.

“With this new iTero Element 5D feature, intraoral colour scan images can be used in place of the required intraoral photos for Invisalign case submissions, and without the discomfort of cheek retractors for a better patient experience. Automatic intraoral image capture and auto-upload to the Invisalign Doctor Site is an enhancement that will drastically improve our workflow, saving my team members and patients invaluable time for our Invisalign case submissions.”

For more information about iTero digital scanning system, visit www.itero.com.