New iTero 2.0 Software and 5D Imaging Auto-Upload

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New iTero workflow 2.0 software and Element 5D imaging auto-upload function launched by Align

Align Technology has today (22nd September) announced the launch of its new iTero Workflow 2.0 software release with advanced features that the company claims provide “enhanced intraoral image sharpness for clearer hard and soft tissue details to aid in treatment diagnosis, while also driving practice efficiency, patient engagement, and a more seamless end-to-end digital treatment experience for doctors and their patients.”

Yuval Shaked, Align’s SVP and MD 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 technology to develop products and services that provide doctors and their patients with 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 doctor’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 clinicians with a better clinical diagnosis and help patients understand their oral health conditions and the proposed treatment options.”

The newly released iTero Workflow 2.0 software features include:

• Faster scanning: Enables 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 [1] and 50% faster movement and 25% faster rotation during scanning [2] for efficient daily use and ease of learning on all iTero Element scanners.

• Improved visualisation: 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 [3]. In addition, the enhanced capabilities allow clinics to efficiently use intraoral scan images in place of traditional intraoral photos as they can capture multiple intraoral images at different angles automatically with one scan.

• Next level patient communication tools: The new Snapshot tool and iTero Scan Report provide doctors and their staff with the ability to capture information such as Invisalign Outcome Simulator projections and share it digitally with their patients, allowing patients to make more confident decisions – in the dental chair or at home – which may lead to higher treatment acceptance.

Dr Olivier Boujenah, a French dentist who participated in the limited market release, enthused: “I am already experiencing meaningful difference 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.”

The 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.

The iTero Element Plus Series is available in the United States, Canada, European Union, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India with availability expected in other markets throughout 2021 and 2022. Software features will vary by scanner.

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New iTero Element 5D auto-upload functionality

The company has also announced the launch of its new iTero Element 5D imaging system auto-upload of intraoral photos for Invisalign case submissions. This new functionality streamlines 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 enables the clinician to scan, capture and auto-convert the image into 2D colour photos. This enhanced capability provides the option to automatically create 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 Joanna Vorhauser, Invisalign dentist from Germany, added: “The iTero Element 5D has proved a milestone in the development and modernisation of my practice. The technology not only impresses our team but also our patients, and it supports us in our communication with them.

“Now our patients can see their teeth and oral health from our perspective, and the visualisation tools are also great for educational discussions and documentation.

“We can now submit Invisalign case prescription without the need for intraoral photos, which makes the upload to the Invisalign Doctor Site even faster. These improvements are much more convenient for patients, and my assistant doesn't have to worry about the quality of the images.”

1] Data on file, as of December 22, 2020.
2] Compared with previous software versions. Data on file at Align Technology, as of March 29, 2021.
3] Only available on iTero Element 5D Plus imaging systems (full and Lite software configurations).

*iTero Element 5D Imaging systems include iTero Element 5D and iTero Element 5D Plus series scanners.

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