How Invisalign® Helps Patients and Clinicians Improve More Than Just Esthetics

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Dental Products ReportDental Products Report November/December 2023
Volume 57
Issue 10

In this sidebar, part of the November/December cover story, Invisalign explains how their clear aligners help address a number of bite issues and other dental problems.

How Invisalign® Helps Patients and Clinicians Improve More Than Just Esthetics | Image Credit: © Align Technology

How Invisalign® Helps Patients and Clinicians Improve More Than Just Esthetics | Image Credit: © Align Technology

Information provided by Align Technology

In addition to helping patients achieve a straighter smile, Invisalign clear aligner treatment also can help address dental problems, including as follows:

  • spacing and crowding
  • open bite
  • overbite or deep bite
  • underbite
  • other bite issues

Align’s end-to-end digital platform is a unique combination of software, systems, and services designed to provide a seamless experience and workflow that integrates and connects all users: doctors, labs, patients, and consumers, according to Mitra Derakhshan, DDS, MS, Align Technology senior vice president, global clinical. The company strives to help its customers move their practices forward by connecting them with new patients, providing digital solutions to increase practice efficiency, and helping them deliver the best possible treatment outcomes.

Invisalign clear aligners are made of SmartTrack®, which is a patented material that moves teeth more precisely and comfortably. Other advancements such as SmartStage® technology and SmartForce® attachments enable doctors to have optimal outcomes and greater predictability across a range of situations.

Invisalign clear aligners are made of SmartTrack®, which is a patented material that moves teeth more precisely and comfortably. | Image Credit: © Align Technology

Invisalign clear aligners are made of SmartTrack®, which is a patented material that moves teeth more precisely and comfortably. | Image Credit: © Align Technology

Other technologies that are helping dentists deliver successful predictable outcomes for their patients’ needs include as follows:

Invisalign Smile Architect combines iTero™ intraoral scans, facial photos, and ClinCheck software to help doctors create treatment plans that integrate orthodontics and restorative treatments. With the powerful ClinCheck In-Face Visualization tool, doctors receive a facial rendering

To read the November/December cover story: First, Get It Straight click here.

that they can use for treatment planning and help patients visualize their smile after Invisalign treatment and restorative dental treatment. Ortho-restorative treatment represents a growing opportunity for general dentists. It provides doctors with a single ecosystem for combined visual tooth movement planning plus restorative dental care. Currently, approximately 45% of restorative cases in North America can benefit from orthodontic treatment, according to Align Technology.

Invisalign Practice App is a mobile companion to the Invisalign Doctor Site that streamlines practice workflow by putting many of the Invisalign treatment features such as photo capture, Invisalign Virtual Care, Invisalign Virtual Appointment, and Invisalign SmileView simulation into 1 convenient app. The intuitive user interface also allows them to manage and prioritize tasks such as ClinCheck treatment plans awaiting approval and prescriptions ready for submission.

The iTero Element™ Plus Series helps dentists provide the best clinical care for their patients, grow their practice, and easily integrate digital scanning and imaging as a core part of their digital workflow. The series of scanners and imaging systems builds on the success of the award-winning iTero Element family and offers all of the existing orthodontic and restorative digital capabilities doctors have come to rely on—plus faster processing time and advanced visualization capabilities for a seamless scanning experience in a new sleek, ergonomically designed package. The iTero Element 5D Imaging System is the first integrated dental imaging system that simultaneously records in 3D, intraoral color, and NIRI.

Invisalign Smile Architect combines iTero™ intraoral scans, facial photos, and ClinCheck software to help doctors create treatment plans that integrate orthodontics and restorative treatments. | Image Credit: © Align Technology

Invisalign Smile Architect combines iTero™ intraoral scans, facial photos, and ClinCheck software to help doctors create treatment plans that integrate orthodontics and restorative treatments. | Image Credit: © Align Technology

The Align Oral Health Suite, available on the iTero Element Plus Series, covers a range of dental health conditions to help patients better understand their oral health. It lets doctors create and share a custom oral health report, capturing the treatment recommendations discussed during the patient consultation.

iTero-exocad Connector integrates iTero intraoral camera and NIRI images within exocad DentalCAD 3.1 Rijeka software and allows dental professionals to visualize the internal and external structure of teeth. Clinics can share files with their lab, helping streamline collaboration and drive consistent outcomes.

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