Digital scanners have become an essential piece of equipment in dental clinics. These scanners can improve patients experience by hugely minimizing the intraoral discomfort. They can also help doctors to better understand and plan clinical procedures. With growing importance, several companies have started to develop digital scanners that offer advanced features and benefits.
Align Technology, Inc., a company that produces 3D digital scanners and clear aligners, has made some developments in this sector by recently launching its iTero Element 2 scanner in China during the 18th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Orthodontic Society (COS) and the 2019 International Orthodontic Conference.
Reportedly, the company obtained approval from the Chinese Medical Products Administration, granting it to retail the iTero Element 2 scanner in China as well as allowing it to produce it at its manufacturing center in Ziyang, Sichuan.
Sources suggest that this move will enable Align to offer manufacturing capabilities and localized technology to improve the Chinese market. Moreover, the iTero Element 2 scanner will help boost the utilization of Invisalign clear aligners in China.
Speaking on the development, Julie Tay, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Align, said that the company is determined to introduce global innovations to China and localize them for patient’s needs.
Additionally, as Align leads in the digital dentistry, the company wants to focus on delivering a superior treatment outcome for patients while supporting dentists as they grow their practices.
For the record, iTero Element 2 scanner is designed to offer greater performance with 25% faster scan processing and 2X faster start-up time than iTero Element scanner. It can offer doctors with benefits such as imaging precision, patient communication tools and intuitive chairside visualization that further enable in efficient workflows for a full range of case assessment and orthodontic and restorative treatment.
Incidentally, in addition to this recent launch, Align has also made some major advancements for penetrating itself into the digital restorative market with the announcement of a global distribution agreement for iTero intraoral scanners series with Zimmer Biomet Dental, a subsidiary of Zimmer Biomet.