First Impressions

Exploring the New iTero® Element™ Scanner with Dr. David Couchat


The iTero Element Scanner is the latest intra-oral imaging technology from Align Technology, Inc. Powered by a new touchscreen interface, the system offers a sleek, minimalist appearance. Both the software and hardware have been reengineered and redesigned from the base up. Another noteworthy change is the elimination of the foot-pedal, with all of the scanning inputs driven from the redesigned wand.

We recently caught up with Dr. David Couchat, a French orthodontist and frequent lecturer for Invisalign®, to talk about the new scanner. Dr. Couchat has been involved with the beta-testing of the iTero Element Scanner, and has been using it on his Invisalign cases for a number of months.

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Digital Citizen

The Digital Practice and the iTero® Element™ Scanner
Based on presentations given by Dr. Francesco Garino.


You refer to your practice as a ‘digital’. How did you get to this point?
When I first considered going digital, I felt like I was looking at a maze. It was overwhelming. So I broke it down to three basic questions. How will it impact my workflow? How will it impact my patients? How will it impact my staff? The more I looked at it, the more the words time and efficiency kept coming up.

For me, the scanner was a way to close the loop on what was already a digital practice. With the scanner, I was not only adding a new tool to my clinical repertoire, but anticipating potential needs and trends with my patients. I don’t want to work quickly, but I want to work efficiently. These were the things I had in mind when I sat down with my business partner, who was also my dad, to discuss whether a digital scanner made sense.

Ultimately we decided yes, and so we went with the iTero. At the time, it was the only scanner with certified interoperability with Invisalign®.

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Beyond the First Impression

Dr. Jörg Schwarze Explains the Hidden Benefits of Digital Impressions


It’s no secret that digital impression systems like the new iTero® Element™ Scanner are light-years ahead of the traditional, tray-and-putty impression process. The accuracy of digital impressions is considered beyond compare, while the actual process is significantly faster and less labor intensive. While enhanced accuracy, shorter procedures and more-consistent impressions are the primary benefits of upgrading to digital, there are some clinicians who think the secondary benefits might carry more value.

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Align Technology Awards Fourteen Grants as Part of Its University Research Award Program 2016


SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 06/01/16 — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced fourteen research awards totaling $310,000 in new funding to four universities in North America and eight International universities for projects seeking to better understand treatment in orthodontics, dentistry and the uses of intraoral scanners.

“We are very excited that universities all over the globe are showing great interest in the Align Research Awards Program,” said John Morton, Align Technology Sr. Technical Fellow. “The number of applications and the quality of the proposed research increases every year. Align is honored to be able to provide this opportunity for researchers who endeavor to improve dental and orthodontic treatment of patients worldwide.”

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The Transformative Technology You’ll Wish You Discovered Sooner

By Dr. Bret Jacobson

Shortly after I made the switch from film to digital x-rays, I had the realization that I should have done it sooner. Today it’s hard to find a practice that still uses film. I had the same feeling when I made the switch from PVS to digital impression taking with my iTero® Intraoral Scanner. I recall thinking “I should have done this years ago – my life would have been so much easier!” Recently I’ve been using the new iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner. Let me tell you, if you’ve been waiting to make the move to digital, this is the time, and this is the scanner. Not only will it make your life easier, it will allow you to increase your level of care.

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Can You Set an iTero Iron Records Challenge World Record?


Did you know that…

  • The Official Record for the largest collection of toothpaste tubes is 2,037
  • The tallest house of cards ever stood 75 stories high
  • Or that the most canned drinks opened by a parrot in one minute is 35

That’s okay, those world records probably don’t mean much to you. But it might interest you to learn that during our iTero® Iron Records Challenges at the ADA Meeting and the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the fastest, full-mouth scan (capturing 2 mm of gingival tissue, the distal surface of the terminal teeth, the interproximal surfaces, solid incisal anatomy, the correct bite registration and the occlusal surface) with an iTero® Element™  Scanner stands at 1:37 seconds.

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The Peace of Mind That Comes with Peering Into the Future. The Outcome is Simulated. The Impact is Genuine.

By Dr. David Galler

When speaking about all the benefits that come with digital impressions, a lot gets said about the speed of the process, the enhanced comfort for the patient and the overall accuracy of the impression. As an owner of an original iTero® scanner, and now one of the new iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanners, I can confirm those are indeed tangible benefits. Yet I’ve found one of the most important benefits often gets left out of the discussion, and that’s the peace of mind that can be generated using the Invisalign® Outcome Simulator.

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Align Technology Continues Research Award Program for 2016

Up to $350,000 Available in Funding for Dental Research and Intraoral Scanner Research

(November 02, 2015: 08:30 AM ET)

Align Technology, Inc.(NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced that it has extended its funding of the Align Research Award Program for a seventh consecutive year for universities in North America and for a sixth year for International universities. The Align Research Award Program is an annually funded program designed to promote clinical and scientific dental research.

“The great enthusiasm with which the Align Research Awards program is received by universities worldwide is evidenced by the yearly increase in the number of applications received. It is extremely rewarding to see the diversity of research topics submitted to the program and an honor for Align Technology to support such excellent research to advance the field of dentistry and the dental profession in general,” stated John Morton; Director, Research and Technology, Product Innovation.

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Align Technology Awards $310,000 as Part of Its University Research Award Program 2015 for Orthodontic Therapy and Intraoral Scanners


Align Technology Awards $310,000 as Part of Its University Research Award Program 2015 for Orthodontic Therapy and Intraoral Scanners

Published: May 14, 2015 8:30 a.m. ET

SAN JOSE, CA, May 14, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Align Technology, Inc. today announced awards totaling $310,000 in new funding to four universities in North America and eight international universities for projects seeking to better understand orthodontic treatment and use of intraoral scanners.

“The number of applications for the Research Award Program increased tremendously this year. The topics and quality of the proposals received from around the world are very impressive making the program even more competitive than in previous years. We eagerly await the results of the university research efforts funded by this program as we endeavor to advance the field of clinical orthodontics,” said John Morton, Align Technology director, research and technology.

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