Align Technology’s Invisalign system to be presented at the London Dentistry Show

Invisalign will be highlighted during presentations about how to enhance dental patient consultations using digital technology

Align Technology will be at the London Dentistry Show, Olympia on September 17- 18, 2021

Align will be welcoming visitors to stand J40. The company is also sponsoring Dr. Raj Juneja and Dr. Teki Sowdani, who will present about digital and practice growth and expand on how to ramp up patient interactions and stimulate greater orthodontic and restorative case acceptance by embracing digital technology.

Dr. Juneja, an associate working at two practices in Berkshire and Hertfordshire, will present a lecture titled How to supercharge patient consultations using digital technology” at 11.30 am. During his presentation, he will share his personal journey with the iTero intraoral scanner and explain how he used it to expand beyond only treating patients with the Invisalign system, and in all aspects of care for his dental patients.

Dr.Juneja explains how powerful the iTero scanner has been in helping achieve this growth: “I think that all dentists would concur that communicating with patients is an art, and as motivated as you might be, patients might not be totally receptive when you talk to them about tooth wear or issues that they cannot really see. With the iTero scanner, they visualise the issues themselves, and become more immediately more engaged. Since I started scanning every patient, I have literally quadrupled my case acceptance rates. It is refreshing that patients become the drivers of their own treatments by being able to make an informed decision, supported by their dentist. I have reversed the normal dentist/patient dialogue with them prompting me to discuss issues that the iTero scanner is highlighting”.

Joining Dr. Juneja at the London Dentistry Show on September 18 at 12.45pm will be Dr. Teki Sowdani who will present to delegates “How the Invisalign System can transform their practice.” He will describe how the Invisalign system can transform dental practices for newly qualified, experienced dentists, associates, or principals – as it did for him.  

In his presentation, Dr. Sowdani will also share his experience of integrating the Invisalign system into his practice, first as an associate and now as a principal, and how it enables him and his team to provide the best care for their patients. He will be advising delegates about the wide variety of types of cases which the Invisalign system can treat and describe how Invisalign treatment can integrate with restorative treatments to achieve better outcomes for a far wider cohort of patients.

For more information about the London Dentistry Show agenda please visit: https://london.dentistryshow.co.uk/speakers. Alternatively, visit the Align Technology stand J40. Leading up to the Show, it is also possible to contact Align Technology directly by clicking on the logo and on the contact exhibitor button provided in this link:  https://london.dentistryshow.co.uk/exhibitor-list

Align Technology’s UK and Ireland team get on their bikes for Operation Smile

Align Technology’s UK and Ireland employees have organised a series of eight fund raising events to amass £50,000 for Operation Smile by the end of 2021.

The headline fundraiser will see a convoy of Align team members, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – an epic road trip of 921 miles over 10 days from 11th – 20th September.  The team of cyclists will make pit stops at Invisalign practices en route from where they will also report their progress. The team of mixed ability riders have been training physically and psychologically to prepare themselves for the tough challenge they have set themselves.   They have also set themselves a target of raising £25,000 for the cycling challenge.

Dan Parsons, Director of Marketing for the UK and Ireland, one of the ride participants explained: “We decided to embark on this cycling adventure as part of a major fund-raising initiative for Operation Smile, Align’s long-standing charity partner organisation, and for which we have enormous admiration for the work they carry out.  According to Operation Smile, in the UK, babies are screened prenatally, with a cleft lip or cleft palate diagnosis made before they are born. The first repair operation is done between 8-12 weeks, and the second at 8-10 months. As a result, children are able to live a normal life. In resource-poor countries, infants born with cleft conditions have nine times the risk of dying within the first year of life. They may be rejected by their families or communities. They may be unable to feed or have problems speaking due to the hole in the roof of their mouth.  We feel enormously privileged to be able to help people in the UK and Ireland achieve the smile of their dreams, and this initiative is a way we can help those less able to access the help they need to achieve a life-changing smile.”

Whilst Dr Maria Moore, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Operation Smile UK, commented: As a dentist myself, I worked closely with Align and the Invisalign system for many years and I’m now so thrilled to see this relationship with Operation Smile going from strength to strength. For me we have the perfect collaboration partnership due to a simple but beautiful synergy in our missions, transforming smiles and changing people’s lives. This phenomenal total of £50,000 (including £25,000 from the cycle ride alone) to be raised by Align’s UK and Ireland team this year will do just that. The team’s incredible efforts will help Operation Smile to positively transform the lives of hundreds of children with cleft lip and cleft palate conditions all over the world. On behalf of our patients and their families, I cannot thank Align enough for what will be truly life-changing support. I wish the best of luck to all of the team taking part.  Enjoy that pedaling!”

The charity ride schedule runs as follows:

  • 11 September             Set off from Lands End to Bodmin – 65 miles
  • 12 September             Bodmin to Whiddon Down – 57 miles
  • 13 September             Whiddon Down to Wookey Hole – 76 miles
  • 14 September             Wookey Hole to Ludlow – 100 miles
  • 15 September             Ludlow to Chorley – 114 miles
  • 16 September             Chorley to Carlisle – 100 miles
  • 17 September             Carlisle to Cumbernauld – 109 miles
  • 18 September             Cumbernauld to Fort William – 113 miles
  • 19 September             Fort William to Dornoch – 107 miles
  • 20 September             Dornoch to John O’Groats – 80 miles

Other fund raising initiatives Align team members have signed up for include five people taking part in The Great North Run, two contestant participating in an Iron Man competition in Finland, and another who is embarking on a three-day trek in the Lake District.  Company-wide activities include a sweepstake on the European Football Championships, a charity auction, General Manager Car Wash and a comedy night at the organisation’s sales conference.

If you would like to support the team achieve their goal of raising £25,000 from the cycling challenge by making a donation and following their progress, please follow the link: https://aligntech.enthuse.com/pf/align-cycling-team.

Align Technology has supported Operation Smile worldwide for a number of years and donated over $2.5 million to date, sharing a simple yet powerful synergy in mission: to transform smiles and change lives.

Align Technology to showcase digital portfolio at IDS 2021

Align Technology, Inc. has confirmed its planned presence at the International Dental Show 2021 (IDS) in Cologne, Germany on September 22-25, 2021. Together, the Align and exocad booths will represent Align’s biggest IDS exhibition space to date.

Align’s interactive booth, located in sector A-030-C-031, hall 3.2 will showcase its full portfolio of products and services. Align’s presence at IDS will be developed as a hybrid experience, with a physical space that will be compliant with public health guidelines for the limited number of in-person attendees, plus virtual experiences specially designed for those attending digitally.

IDS 2021 attendees – including doctors, lab practitioners, and industry partners – will be able to learn about Align’s innovations, including the Invisalign Go Plus system, the latest addition to general dentists’ portfolio for mild to more complex cases. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see how digital workflows can be enabled by the Align Digital Platform for the Invisalign system, iTero intraoral scanners, and a suite of proprietary digital tools, including virtual solutions for continuity of care with existing patients. In addition, Align will also showcase its end-to-end workflows, including the ortho-restorative workflow and software solutions from exocad for restorative dentistry. 

“We are committed to providing long-term, agile solutions to help dental practitioners use the Invisalign system and iTero scanners to achieve predictable and efficient treatment outcomes and create positive experiences for patients,” said Markus Sebastian, Align Technology senior vice president and managing director, EMEA. “IDS is a key event to meet with Invisalign doctors and other practitioners to showcase the latest innovations that are part of our integrated Align Digital Platform. This year, we look forward to the opportunity to connect and demonstrate our commitment to the dental community, whether in person or virtually at IDS.”

“We value close communication and collaboration with our customers and strive for opportunities to engage and better understand how we can support doctors and their staff by delivering robust digital clinical education and support programs,” added Lee Taylor, Align Technology vice president of marketing, EMEA. “Our goal is to inspire Invisalign practices to leverage all the digital tools available to them and transition from analog to digital workflows as smoothly as possible.”

Further details regarding sessions and booth schedules will be announced closer to IDS 2021.

Details about exocad’s planned presence at IDS 2021: https://exocad.com/fileadmin/news/exocad_Press_release_IDS_2021_EN.pdf

Align Technology launches new web page for Invisalign learning

Align Technology has launched a new page on the Invisalign go website for general dentists – both existing Invisalign providers, as well as those keen to expand their comprehensive treatment capabilities.  

Through this new page, Align provides general dentists with information about how to integrate Invisalign clear aligners into their comprehensive treatment plans, with the added benefits of precision, exceptional outcomes and a seamless digital workflow. Dentists can learn more about clear aligner therapy used as a way to offer minimally invasive care – as part of an ortho-restorative process as a corrected bite promotes the ideal environment for precise, reliable results, with no need for aggressive tooth reduction.

Learning by example is important so there is an Invisalign Go outcome gallery on the site and dentists can also request gold standard examples of cases which will show them how to integrate Invisalign treatments into their clinical practice. Also accessible is a free copy of Align’s Best Practice Statement describing ‘The Diagnosis and Treatment of Malocclusion’, which explains how orthodontic treatment can prevent and intercept oral diseases and improve quality of life.

Because the Invisalign system is only part of the picture there is a section on the page about mastering efficiencies with a seamless digital workflow which highlights the use of the iTero digital scanner and some of the new tools Align has created for its integrated digital platform.

Know-how from experts is reassuring so there are also videos on the site from respected dentists who describe how the Invisalign system and digital workflow amplifies the effectiveness of their comprehensive dentistry protocols. These are all general dentists from across the world who have been successfully incorporating Invisalign clear aligners as part of their treatment plans, and have also been invited to share their stories, experiences and case studies on the new platform.

News about Invisalign certification courses, continued education and Align staged events are also detailed on the site and it is possible to sign up to these with a single click
For more information, please visit https://www.invisalign-go.co.uk/learning.

Align Technology’s donor-advised fund donates $1 million to Operation Smile

Align Technology, Inc has announced that the Align Foundation, the Company’s donor-advised fund through Fidelity Charitable, has donated US$1 million to Operation Smile, a global surgical nonprofit, to help children around the world born with cleft conditions receive safe, effective, and timely cleft surgery and comprehensive care.

“Operation Smile’s mission strongly resonates with Align’s purpose of transforming smiles and changing lives,” said Raj Pudipeddi, chief innovation, product and marketing officer and senior vice president, Align Technology. “We are proud to support a future where more smiles can be transformed through safe surgery and medical treatment – and hope to inspire others through our donation to help Operation Smile change the lives of more children.”

The “10 Million Smiles. 10 Million Thanks” campaign is based on the transformative power of Invisalign treatment as seen through the eyes of Invisalign patients. The donation to Operation Smile builds on that goal and aims to help more children around the world to smile by raising awareness and generating support and funding for Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides surgery and ongoing care for people affected by cleft lip and cleft palate in resource-limited environments.

“We are so appreciative of the dedication and support from Align Technology over the years and are excited for what we can do to bring families renewed hope, and help children around the world smile even more as a result of this latest donation,” said Kristie Magee Porcaro, chief strategy officer, Operation Smile. “Together, we’re improving the health of many children and ensuring that they have the opportunity for a better future.”

Align Technology initiated a wave of photo sharing activity by asking its followers on social media channels around the world to share their smiles and to help change a child’s life using #10MInvisalignSmiles. The Company is working with Operation Smile and Invisalign ambassadors and regional stakeholders to encourage their communities of followers to join with them in the awareness campaign. Tag yourself using #10MInvisalignSmiles and help Align increase awareness of Operation Smile and its global mission. To learn more, please visit: www.10MInvisalignSmiles.com

For information about Operation Smile, please visit http://www.operationsmile.org

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile revolutionised cleft surgery globally in 1982. With nearly four decades of experience as one of the largest surgical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile staff, its private-public partnerships and thousands of volunteers have improved the health and dignity of patients with cleft conditions, helping them to better breathe, eat, speak and live lives of greater quality and confidence. While one cleft surgery can bring immediate transformation to a child’s life in as little as 45 minutes, Operation Smile is committed to providing patients with health that lasts—being there to offer patients additional surgeries, dentistry, psychological services, speech therapy and other essential cleft treatments. Its training and education programs elevate local surgical standards and entire health systems to aid safe surgery and strengthen a global network to reach more people earlier in their lives. You can learn more about its transformative and healing work by visiting www.operationsmile.org or by following @operationsmile on social media. 

The Align Foundation

Launched in 2020, the Align Foundation provides a structured means by which significant donations are directed from a donor-advised fund overseen by Fidelity Charitable, with the flexibility to provide smaller monetary donations, processes to donate our products, as well as an organized way to involve our employees in giving activities. In March 2020, we funded $1 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts globally and donated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and worked with partners to source supplies for additional PPE to help hospitals and healthcare providers. To date, Align has contributed over $4.6 million to charitable causes including Operation Smile, America’s Toothfairy, and other non-profits dedicated to youth development through schools and educational programs. Over the last two years, our employees have volunteered over 10,000 hours as part of our dedicated month of giving in October called Month of Smiles.

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs, manufactures and offers the Invisalign system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero intraoral scanners and services, and exocad CAD/CAM software. These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for over 200 thousand doctor customers and is key to accessing Align’s 500 million consumer market opportunity worldwide. Align has helped doctors treat over 10.2 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services delivered as a seamless, end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and GP dentists, and lab/partners. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.

Align Technology Wins ‘Best Virtual Care Platform’ Award From MedTech Breakthrough

Align Technology, a leading global medical device company that designs and manufactures the Invisalign system, iTero intraoral scanners, and exocad CAD/CAM services for orthodontic and restorative dentistry, has seen its Invisalign Virtual Care selected as the winner of the ‘Best Virtual Care Platform’ award in the fifth annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards conducted by MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organisation that recognises the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market.

The Invisalign Virtual Care solution enables remote communication between Invisalign doctors and their patients to track treatment progress.

Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, many Invisalign doctors around the world pieced together video calls, texts, and patient-submitted photos through a variety of platforms to help monitor patient progress, reduce in-office appointments, and ensure continuity of patient care during treatment. In response, Align Technology launched a set of digital tools to support doctors. These solutions included the Invisalign Virtual Care and Invisalign Virtual Appointment tools that were built into the My Invisalign App.

Invisalign Virtual Care can be used for remote consultations, assessment of treatment progress, and to communicate adjustments or concerns during treatment. Patients use the intuitive My Invisalign App to stay engaged in their treatment and convey progress photos to their doctor, who reviews these photos on their Invisalign Doctor Site and communicates any needed instructions to patients along their Invisalign treatment journey.

The combined features of Invisalign Virtual Care can contribute to benefits such as less time spent in the treatment chair, and represents the next level in practice and care transformation, enabling doctors to remotely manage a range of practice services.

“Customer feedback to date has been overwhelmingly positive and using Invisalign Virtual Care has shown to be a huge benefit, as many dentists and orthodontists are embracing digital treatment in new ways and more purposefully than ever before,” said Raj Pudipeddi, chief innovation, product, and marketing officer and senior vice president, Align Technology. “Winning this award from MedTech Breakthrough is a great honour and we are thrilled to be listed among the many other innovative winners this year.”

The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honour excellence and recognise the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Robotics, Clinical Administration, Telehealth, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), mHealth, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,850 nominations from over 17 different countries throughout the world.

“Invisalign Virtual Care provides Invisalign patients with seamless, personalised experiences that improve the customer experience, while also enabling revenue growth for doctors,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “It is clear that responsible virtual care represents a significant component of healthcare moving forward and Align is a leading innovator in this space. We offer our sincere congratulations to the entire Align Technology team on a well-deserved 2021 MedTech Breakthrough Award win.”

Invisalign Virtual Care launched in March 2020 and is now available in more than 54 countries worldwide. These tools have become integral to Invisalign provider practices and to their ability to communicate with existing patients and provide continuous care.

Align Technology reaches 10 million milestone with Invisalign

Align Technology has announced that over 10 million patients have begun treatment with the Invisalign system – the most advanced clear aligner system in the world – including 2.6 million teenage patients*. This is a significant milestone for the company and the Invisalign-trained orthodontists and dentists worldwide who trust Invisalign clear aligners to treat adults, teens, and patients as young as 6 years old.

Commenting on the 10 millionth Invisalign patient milestone, Joe Hogan, Align Technology CEO, said, “It’s remarkable to think about the pace of growth and adoption that we are experiencing worldwide, especially when considering it took 10 years to achieve our one millionth Invisalign patient milestone and now we are adding one million new Invisalign patients in less than six months. We are grateful to our doctor partners and their patients, and to our 20,000 employees around the world who have helped us reach this milestone. In recognition of our 10 millionth Invisalign milestone, we have donated $10 million to the Align Foundation donor-advised fund to support organisations whose visions tie closely to our own: transforming smiles and changing lives, supporting and educating teens, and empowering our doctor customers through partnerships with learning institutions and foundations. We are also kicking off a campaign called “10 Million Smiles. 10 Million Thanks” centred around the transformative power of Invisalign treatment through the eyes of Invisalign patients. This is our way to say thank you and inspire others to share their smiles with the world using #10MInvisalignSmiles.”

UK & Ireland celebrates milestone with a consumer competition

To celebrate the 10 millionth milestone in the UK & in Ireland, Align Technology is giving 10 consumers a chance to win up to £1,000/€1175 to cover their Invisalign treatment. The competition runs until June 15, and the consumers need to complete a SmileView smile simulation on the Invisalign UK or Ireland website, as well as enter their details into the form. Align will select 10 winners at random from all valid entries1. The final discount awarded to the winner will depend on what Invisalign product the doctor suggests as part of the winner’s treatment plan.

To join in the global celebration, tag yourself use #10MInvisalignSmiles on social media and share a smile selfie, story or video with the world.

* Data on file at Align Technology, Q1, 2021

1 Full terms and conditions are available on request

New survey explores how the pandemic has affected our smiles

New survey data collected by the Oral Health Foundation and Align Technology has found the profound impact of the pandemic on the way UK adults view their smiles.

More than half (58%) of British adults surveyed responded that they have changed the way they see their smile as a result of online video calls, with a third (33%) now more aware of the colour of their teeth and nearly a quarter (24%) more conscious about the alignment of their teeth.

The new research, released as part of National Smile Month, shows that one-in-ten (11%) UK adults feels self-conscious seeing their smile during an online meeting or video call.

Dr. Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes the growth and increased use of digital technologies has led to an increased exposure of the smile. “Physical interactions have been limited over the last 12 months, and for many, have been replaced with gatherings online. This technology has been an invaluable tool, whether it be facilitating business meetings or allowing grandparents to see their new-born grandchildren for the first time. It has also led to us seeing our own face, and smile, far more than we are used to.”

The smile is one of the most important assets we have and is how we communicate our thoughts, emotions and feelings towards one another. Because of its prominence, and importance, the smile can also be a great source of concern for some people.

“The colour and shape of our teeth are the first things we tend to notice and feeling self-conscious is quite normal.  What we must remember, however, is that the most important part of the smile, is its health” – added Dr. Carter.

A healthy mouth can be achieved through an effective oral health routine at home as well as regular dental visits. The key components of an effective oral health routine are brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, cleaning in between the teeth daily with interdental brushes or floss and cutting down on how much and how often you have sugary foods and drinks.

Maintaining a healthy smile is at the heart of National Smile Month – a charity campaign by the Oral Health Foundation. Taking place between 17 May and 17 June, National Smile Month is an opportunity for everybody to gain more confidence about their smile by learning the basics behind having good oral health.

The Oral Health Foundation and Align Technology survey also revealed how the pandemic has affected development of new social connections.

Nearly two-in-three (58%) UK adults surveyed say smiling is important in developing friendships and relationships and believe covering the smile with face mask during the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on forming connections.

As many as 62% of female respondents confirmed that they have been struggling to form connections with others following the introduction of face masks.

Dan Parsons, marketing director UKI, Align Technology, believes that National Smile Month provides many people with a chance to reflect on their smile and take practical steps towards a healthier and happier future. “As the UKI starts to gradually ease restrictions and come out of the pandemic, many of us are finding more reasons to smile again. We are proud to partner with National Smile Month, supporting the efforts of consumers for a healthy, beautiful smile. Most people don’t realise that straighter teeth is not just about good aesthetics; they also contribute to better overall hygiene, gum health, potentially less tooth wear and overall longer and sustained tooth health.

“Our research data shows that many respondents are still hiding their smiles. If that includes you, then please take National Smile Month as your chance to change that.  By taking practical steps to better oral health – including proper cleaning and flossing, regular dental check-ups – or teeth straightening, if your teeth are crooked, you can enjoy the positive and connection-forming benefits that come with a healthy and happy smile.”

For more information about National Smile Month, including how to get involved in this year’s campaign, head to www.smilemonth.org. If anyone requires dental advice or information they can also call our Dental Helpline on 01788 539780*. The confidential Helpline is manned by oral health professionals and is open between 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.

*Calls are charged at your standard network rate

REFERENCES

  1. Oral Health Foundation, ‘National Smile Month Survey 2021‘, UK, Broadcast Revolution, April 2021, Sample 2,009.

Align Technology announces keynote speakers for its 2021 Growth Summit

Align Technology has announced that one of the keynote presenters for its 2021 Growth Summit is the British-American author Simon Sinek. Delegates are being invited to join a fireside chat with the inspirational leadership doyen on the second day of the Summit which runs between 18th and 19th June and has attracted a power-pack of over twenty expert dental, wellness and business speakers.

Crowned The Dental Industry Event of the Year 2020, the organisers of the Growth Summit have surpassed themselves and curated another winning agenda which comprises lectures, panel discussions, Q & As, breakout sessions and on demand content. The two-day programme is split into three constituent elements; clinical education, insights from outside dentistry and future trends. The clinical education strand will focus on comprehensive dentistry and ortho-restorative procedures as well as exploring the benefits of digitalisation both for the practice and the whole profession. The insights thread will cover the latest patient experience trends, futurism, marketing and branding as well providing an opportunity for delegates to assess their own leadership skills and influence. The third component is dedicated to finding business balance, to thriving in challenging times and energising the whole dental team.

From digital adaptation and human transformation, through clinical upskilling to health and wellbeing, the two-day event will be addressed by world class speakers. Simon Sinek has addressed the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit, presented TED talks and at TEDx conferences, and has written five books which have appeared on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Simon is a world-renowned optimist who is driven to incite positive change the way businesses and individuals think and behave. His fireside chat will explore leadership, purpose and how to bring your team together.

Another must attend session is the one delivered by Danish futurist and innovation strategist Anders Sörmann-Nilsson who will use his keynote address to explore the ways in which the pandemic has forced digital development, which is set to continue. He will discuss getting to the forefront and staying on top of digital practice innovation and will address the important value analogue plays to reinforce this.

Dr Karla Soto was one of the most highly rated speakers from the 2020 Growth Summit and returns to share more of her clinical knowledge and insights as well as an in-depth dive into cases to help delegates develop their professional expertise. She is only one of the line-up of expert clinical speakers to address the latest comprehensive and ortho-restorative aspects of dentistry.

Finding stability and perspective within a stressful profession is a concern to be addressed by Dr Simon Chard who was voted the fourth most influential UK dentist in 2020. Dr Chard’s remit will be to shine a light on mental health in dentistry and provide some ways to develop a healthy work/life balance.

As well as lectures there will be panel discussions and breakout sessions, as well as ample opportunities to question each of the speakers, and at the end of each day delegates are invited to drinks sessions to enable them to network, forge stronger links and discuss what they have learned in a more informal setting – just as they would at a live event.

To review the impressive speaker programme and to register for the Invisalign Growth Summit please visit www.aligngrowthsummit.co.uk.

Align Technology announces new digital excellence webinar series

Align Technology is hosting a new season of its six-part webinar “Digital Excellence Series”: Helping dental professionals kick start their digital journey and to grow with iTero scanners which will run once a month from May to December 2021. The series` speakers will address topics relevant to dental professionals and laboratory owners, including some of the most typically asked questions about the transition from analogue to digital. However, dental professionals need to rationalise the move away from their existing functional analogue workflow – a shift which may at first seem challenging.  

Align’s guest speakers are early adopters of digital technologies in the dental industry, keen to support other doctors to help kick start their digital journey with practical and ready to implement advice and real-world guidance – to help them make their digital vision a digital reality.  All are engaging speakers and authentic enthusiasts who will lead by example.

The kick-off event of the six-part series,  entitled ‘Going digital – Guidance for Restorative Practice’ will take place on 19th May (7:30pm CET) and feature Dr. Ingo Baresel (Germany), President of DGDOA (German Association for Intraoral Scanning) and master dental technician Clemens Schwerin who will perform a live step-by-step demonstration of the restorative digital workflow, explain the complete digital workflow from chair to lab, and back again, and highlight the differences and the commonalities with traditional analogue practice.

They will be followed by Dr. Andrea Agnini and Dr. Alessandro Agnini (Italy) who will present together to take delegates through the ‘why and how’ of digital workflow, show examples when a digital scanner can enhance a contemporary dental practice. They will share the application to everyday workflows including patient care, and the impact of the digital scanner on practice efficiency and cost optimization.  As Dr. Andrea Agnini explained: “During this presentation, we are going to look at the digital acceleration touching different branches of dentistry, especially post Covid-19.  We will compare the number of scans, for restorative and orthodontic reasons, performed three years ago, with today, and highlight that the volume has trebled or quadrupled. We will discuss what digital dentistry is bringing to our everyday routine. We will address the question of “why digital with the iTero scanner?” – because it is a game changer. We will highlight its versatility and the way it provides doctors with a tool which helps with communications, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, implantology and much more.”

The second event in the series is on 2nd June (7:30pm CET), and will look at “Going digital – A Pathway for Orthodontic success” with orthodontic specialist guest speakers Dr. Rafi Romano (Israel), Dr. Ebru Cetinkaya Tokmak (Turkey), and Dr. Adam Jowett (UK).  Part three, on 14th July (7:30pm CET) will focus on the clinical applications of new ‘Technology in Dental’ and will features GP Dr. Mohsen Tehranian (UK) who will show delegates many of the practical ways he harnesses the functions of the iTero digital scanner for all his restorative cases. Then, after a summer break, the Digital Excellence Series returns with three further events.

Dental business coach Chris Barrow is once again serving as the event moderator. A passionate digital supporter, he commented: “One of the unforeseen consequences of the pandemic has been the enforced innovation that has taken place in the delivery of both customer service and clinical care. In 26 years, never have I seen clients change their working practices so quickly – a reminder that we are, in fact, a very versatile species when it comes to survival. That innovation has perhaps been most dramatic in the adoption of digital dentistry and virtual communications. Innovation inspires me.  I’m looking forward to hearing from global innovators about how they have adapted to the new landscape in order to thrive.

Dr. Andrea Agnini concludes “With the iTero scanner and the right education from Align Technology, the future is bright.”

All events will be conducted in English with simultaneous live translations into French, Italian, German, Spanish. Some events will also be translated into Polish and Russian. Entry to the six-part Digital Excellence Series is complimentary. For advanced registration to gain admittance:  

https://global.itero.com/digitalexcellenceseries?utm_source=PositiveComms&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PCemail1