Align Technology announced the new Itero Workflow 2.0 software release with advanced features.
Itero Workflow 2.0 will 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.
‘Align’s commitment to innovation in digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry reflects our $250 million annual investment in technology. This is to develop products and services that provide doctors and their patients with a great treatment outcome. As well as a seamless experience through the Align digital platform,’ said Yuval Shaked, Align SVP and MD of the Itero systems and services business.
‘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 improve patient communication. It includes the ability to capture, annotate and then share Invisalign simulations or restorative treatment plans digitally.
‘These new features provide doctors with the ability for better clinical diagnosis. And they help patients better understand their oral health conditions and the proposed treatment options.’
Itero Workflow 2.0
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 (Align data on file). And 50% faster movement and 25% faster rotation during scanning (Align data on file) 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. This is powered by advanced AI capabilities to deliver clearer soft and hard tissue details to support diagnosis (only available on iTero Element 5D Plus imaging systems). In addition, the enhanced capabilities allow clinics to efficiently use intraoral scan images in place of traditional intraoral photos. 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. This allows patients to make more confident decisions – in the dental chair or at home. Which may lead to higher treatment acceptance.
‘I am already experiencing meaningful difference with the new Itero software features. And I’ve seen significantly reduced scan times,’ said Dr Olivier Boujenah, a dentist in France who participated in the limited market release.
‘The intraoral images are much sharper. My patients are impressed by the details and clarity. This leads them to ask more questions about treatment options.
‘Being able to send digital files to patients when they leave the office through the Itero Scan Report keeps our conversation going even after they are home. And I already see this capability helping with patient acceptance.’
Itero Workflow 2.0 software features are rolling out regionally. Align expects them 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 also expected in other markets throughout 2021 and 2022.
Software features will vary by scanner. Discover more at bit.ly/2ROw0fD.
Simplified workflow through new Itero Element 5D auto-upload functionality
The company also launched a new Itero Element 5D imaging system auto-upload of intraoral photos for Invisalign case submissions.
This new functionality eliminates steps and streamlines Invisalign case submissions. Intraoral colour scan images can also be used in place of traditional intraoral photos.
Itero Element 5D imaging system wands come with advanced technology, including an intraoral camera. This therefore enables the doctor to scan, capture and auto convert the scan into 2D colour photos.
This enhanced capability provides doctors 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. Clinicians can take these with Invisalign Photo Uploader (IPU) or a digital camera.
This new auto upload functionality is available in all markets where the Itero Element 5D imaging systems are sold.
‘The Itero Element 5D is a milestone in the development and modernisation of my practice,’ said Dr Joanna Vorhauser, Invisalign dentist from Germany.
‘The technology does not only impress our team, but also our patients. It supports us in our communication with them. Now our patients can therefore see their teeth and oral health from our perspective.
‘The visualisation tools are also great for educational discussions and documentation.
‘With the availability of the 5D auto upload functionality, we can now submit Invisalign case prescription without the need for intraoral photos. This makes the upload to the Invisalign Doctor Site even faster.
‘These improvements are also much more convenient for patients. And my assistant doesn’t have to worry about the quality of the images.’