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June 25, 2021

On the 3rd of June, Align announced its new iTero Workflow 2.0 software. The newly released software features include: 

  • Faster scanning - according to Align, a 20% reduction in scan processing times on the iTero Element Plus Series scanners and 50% faster movement and 25% faster rotation during scanning.
  • Improved visualization - the integrated 3D intraoral camera included in the iTero Element 5D Plus imaging system will provide enhanced sharpness and improved image quality powered by advanced AI capabilities to deliver clearer soft and hard tissue details to support diagnosis
  • Enhanced patient communication tools - a new Snapshot tool has been released and the iTero Scan Report means that you can capture information such as Invisalign Outcome Simulator and share it digitally with your patients. Although cool, this is pretty basic.  

Something much more significant than a snapshot tool is the new auto-upload feature released for the Element 5D and 5D Plus. Align announced that the new iTero Element 5D imaging system will auto-upload intraoral photos for Invisalign case submissions. This will be available in the third quarter of 2021. 

Currently, the Invisalign prescription form requires at least five intraoral photos upon submission, taken with the Invisalign Photo Uploader or a digital camera. With this new iTero Element 5D feature, this is no longer the case. Intraoral scans will replace this and can be used instead of intraoral photographs. 

This new functionality will streamline Invisalign case submissions. Again, intraoral scans images can now be used in place of traditional intraoral photos. Cool. It makes us wonder why this was not the case sooner! This feature will enable you to automatically upload the required images from your scans in the Invisalign Doctor Site. Of course you will still need to take your usual extraoral orthodontic photos without the scanner.

This is a great improvement and, without a doubt, will drastically improve workflows. Invisalign dentists/specialists using the Element 5D line of intraoral scanners will rejoice with this announcement and those who are not may now consider an upgrade.

We reviewed the Element 5D Plus intraoral scanner recently and found that it was a huge improvement over past iTero scanners. This added functionality just makes it better. You can read our review here.

As the CAD/CAM wars wage on between all the major scanner companies, innovations like these are welcomed. If you have any questions, please leave them below.

About the author 

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who owns and has tested all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems in his clinic. Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny is a full-time private dentist in New Zealand and the Director of The Institute of Digital Dentistry (iDD), a world-leading digital dentistry education provider. iDD offers live courses, masterclasses, and an online training platform, with a mission to ensure dentists globally have easy and affordable access to the best digital dentistry training possible.

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