The Millionth iTero Element Scan is for an Invisalign Patient

SAN JOSE, CA and COLOGNE, GERMANY — (Marketwired) — 03/21/17 — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced that over one million scans have been submitted using the iTero Element® scanner since it was introduced in 2015 at the world’s leading trade fair, International Dental Show conference in Cologne, Germany. The one millionth scan submitted was for an Invisalign patient being treated by Dr. Troy Moore, a general dental practitioner who has practiced for nearly 20 years in Amarillo, Texas.

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October 2017, San Jose -The iTero Element® scanner has passed another scanning milestone with two million scans having been submitted since the scanner was introduced in 2015.  The iTero Element scanner achieved one million scans submitted in February 2017, just two years after launch. The rapid growth of the scanner and increased utilization have helped achieve this milestone in one quarter of the time it took to submit the first million scans.

The two millionth scan was submitted by Dr. Dani Benyaminy, DDS, of Los Angeles, CA. “The iTero Element has been a huge benefit to my practice, with its stunning 3D visuals that really ‘wow’ patients – not to mention the fast, accurate results that save me time and money,” said Dr. Benyaminy.

The iTero Element scanner has allowed me to spend more time with my patients and provide them with better outcomes, which has helped me build a more successful practice overall.”

Since its release, the iTero Element has seen expanding functionality in addition to the continuous uptick in scans performed. These advances have shown the excellence and ability of the iTero Element and positioned it as a leader in intraoral scanning technology.

“The acceleration of the scan submissions is remarkable, as reaching our one millionth scan submission in under two years was fast – but attaining an additional million submissions in six months is astonishing. Our commitment to innovation, patient outcomes and customer service supports our rapid growth,” said Rob Walker, General Manager North America. “The iTero Element is a proven digital technology, which has allowed practices to enhance their patient care and enable practice growth.”

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Simplified Scanning: The Toothbrush Technique for the iTero Element®

It’s my goal as an iTero Element® trainer to help the entire dental office use the iTero Element intraoral scanner more efficiently – and have fun doing it! Over the last six years working as a trainer, there are dozens of tips and tricks I have learned along the way that accomplish both goals. One of my very favorites is called the Toothbrush Technique, used when completing a full-mouth scan. Now, there may normally be a disclaimer or warning along the lines of, “Don’t try this at home,” but in this case, try this at home! Grab a toothbrush and follow along as we walk through the Toothbrush Technique.

The Toothbrush Technique for iTero Element

Everyone in dental office knows how to brush teeth; scanning with the iTero Element is done in the same exact way. When you brush your teeth you move the entire tooth brush as one solid piece. You do not place the bristles on the teeth then move the handle of the toothbrush in circles. It stands to reason when you use place the wand in the mouth you should move the entire wand as one solid piece. The most common error during scanning is leaving the tip of the wand on the tooth and circling the cord end of the wand all over the mouth.

Handling the iTero Element Wand

When handling the wand, always hold it from beneath like a large pen. Over-hand grabbing of the wand will force your elbows up and out from your sides, which means the weight of the wand will rest on your shoulders and upper arms. Holding from beneath will allow your elbows to relax and remain close to your sides.

Proper Brushing is Proper Scanning

Like any good brushing technique, the goal is to use all the bristles of the toothbrush to effectively clean the teeth. When scanning, make sure the scanner head is flat on the tooth surface and touching as often as possible. As you can’t brush teeth with the toothbrush in the air above the teeth, you can’t properly scan that way, either.

Scan the occlusal surface first. It’s common for most people to following the incisal pathway, instead you should make a “U” with the wand. New learners tend to move the cord-end of the wand and leave the tip in the same position. A common error is the horizontal movement from canine to canine. The entire wand is moved horizontally not just the cord end. Time to try this at home…Take out your tooth brush and place it vertical to the floor and move it from left to right horizontally. Keeping the bristles and the handle vertical the whole time. This is a horizontal movement from canine to canine with the wand.

Start the occlusal scan with the most distal tooth (left or right, your choice) then slide the scanner on the occlusal surface, pulling the entire wand as one piece straight out of the mouth towards the canine. Once you see the canine in the viewfinder box, tilt the cord-end into a slight lingual position and slide the scanner horizontally from canine to canine. Once you reach the canine on the other side drop the cord end back to the occlusal and slide it straight back into the mouth towards the most distal tooth. The trick for a smooth pass is to ensure the incisal edges are at the top of the viewfinder box during the horizontal movement from canine to canine. Grab your toothbrush and try to “scan” your teeth as it’s described above.

Before we move on to the next step, let’s address the retraction technique. As clinically minded people, we always watch what we do in the mouth. The retraction technique – AKA the “fish hook” is pulling the cheek to the side to get a good view of all the teeth. But here’s the thing: With the iTero Element, we have to understand that in order to be successful and efficient when scanning, we are not looking into the patient’s mouth while we work. This is the hardest thing to unlearn or teach, as it goes against what we know as clinicians. But it will make or break your ability to scan. And because your eyes must be focused on the monitor to watch the scan as it builds, fish-hooking the cheek is not required. In fact, the wand tip is designed specifically to do all the retraction in the posterior. Which means placing a finger in the posterior of mouth with the wand will not work. Always remember fingers out of the cheek when posterior scanning. The correct retraction method used is just a simple pointer finger laying horizontal in the vestibule to stop the lip from being pinched under the scanner by the anterior teeth.

Next, scan the lingual. To do this, you’ll incorporate the “twist” method. The “twist” is the rotation of the body of the wand when attempting to scan the mesial and distal on the lingual. It’s done similar to revving the gas on a motorcycle. Pick your toothbrush up and follow along. Lift the toothbrush up horizontally and twist the body of the toothbrush on its axis like the gas on a motorcycle. Can you see the bristles rotate as you rev, towards you and away? Now place the toothbrush in your mouth on the lingual and twist the toothbrush so the bristles are flush with the lingual surface. If you feel the handle of the toothbrush on the incisal edges of your anterior teeth, just raise or lower the handle accordingly to become perpendicular to the jaw.

From the occlusal you twist the scanner into the lingual, pulling the entire wand slowly out of the patient’s mouth, making sure that the flat scanning surface “bristles” are flush with the lingual. The trick is to really over-exaggerate the lingual angulation from the terminal molar to the canine. Once at the canine, you slowly twist the body of the scanner towards the front of the mouth and slide the scanner horizontally to the canine on the opposite side. Twist the scanner to be flush with the lingual again and slide the scanner down the lingual path using the wand tip to push the tongue away. Using your toothbrush in your mouth, feel how you would slide it gently down the lingual pathway towards the terminal molar and how the back of the toothbrush is pushing the tongue away from the lingual surface of the teeth. Remember the twisting motion and feel the bristles flush against the lingual as you slide.

And that’s the Toothbrush Technique for scanning with the iTero Element. For more tips and tricks, visit or watch our Scanning Basics video.

Jamie Miller, RDH iTero Clinical Trainer


SAN JOSE, CA and COLOGNE, GERMANY — (Marketwired) — 03/21/17 — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and exocad GmbH today announced a collaboration to seamlessly connect the iTero® intraoral scanners and exocad® Chairside CAD software. This technology integration between market leaders in digital dentistry will provide dental clinics with a best-in-class workflow solution for efficient scanning, design, and production of in-house dental prostheses.

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Align Technology Announces Digital Implant Workflow for Its iTero® Scanners With Nobel Biocare® and Elos Medtech Scan Bodies


February 22, 2017 08:30 ET

Align Technology Announces Digital Implant Workflow for Its iTero® Scanners With Nobel Biocare® and Elos Medtech Scan Bodies

Integration Streamlines Prosthetic Workflow for Dental Specialists

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – February 22, 2017) – Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today expanded workflow options for the iTero® intraoral scanner by announcing the availability of a digital workflow for Nobel Biocare implants. iTero customers can now order Nobel Biocare implant cases through their dental labs. Dental labs can now order NobelProcera® single-unit restorations for their doctors, when using NobelProcera’s open access partnership with Elos scan bodies and 3Shape’s Dental Designer software.

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What’s New from the iTero® Element™ Scanner


With advanced settings for preventive procedures, restorative dentistry and Invisalign®, the iTero® Element™ Scanner delivers an impressive range of treatment solutions. Predictable, reliable and accurate, it simplifies work flows, enhances software applications and includes patient-focused features to increase case acceptance. For the ultimate scanning experience, nothing beats the iTero Element Scanner!

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Join Align Technology for a FREE webinar to learn about the game changing features of the new Invisalign Outcome Simulator 4.0

Inspire your patients and ignite your practice with the Invisalign® Outcome Simulator, Progress Assessment and the iTero® Scanner!

When: Tuesday November 15, 2016

Time: 9:00 PST|11:00 CT|12:00 ET

Host: David Galler, DMD

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October 20, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 10/20/16 — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced new software upgrades for its market leading iTero® Element™ intraoral scanner and Invisalign® Outcome Simulator. The iTero Element scanner delivers scanning accuracy, reliability, speed and ease of use with restorative and orthodontic software options. Unlike third party scanners validated for Invisalign case submission, only iTero scanners provide an optimized Invisalign scanning and treatment experience that includes the enhanced Invisalign Outcome Simulator 4.0 application now with Invisalign 3D Progress Tracking and Patient Simulation Sharing. Additionally, the iTero Element 1.4 software upgrade includes color scanning, restorative pre-treatment scanning, and optimized orthodontic scanning. 

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