Survey suggests visualisation technology improves patient treatment acceptance

A new survey by Align Technology indicates that visualisation technology improves patient treatment acceptance 

Align Technology, creators of the Invisalign system and Itero intraoral scanners, recently released the results of the survey [1] indicating that patients shown a 3D digital simulation of their treatment plan were significantly more likely to agree with their dentist or orthodontist-recommended treatment plan (Align survey 2018).

The Itero scanner portfolio – the latest versions include the recently-launched Itero Element 2 and Itero Element Flex introduced earlier this year – help dental practitioners produce high-resolution pre-, during, and post-treatment scans for both restorative and orthodontic work. In addition to providing highly accurate scans, the Itero platform’s  visualisation tools help patients see and understand their proposed treatment plan and potential future results with greater clarity. Features like TimeLapse technology allow doctors and patients to see and track dental changes over time, such as teeth movement, wear and gingival recession.

Sixty percent of patients shown outcome simulation on the Itero Scanner proceed with Invisalign treatment

An Invisalign-unique application, the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which is powered exclusively by Itero scanners, can help patients visualise their treatment outcome and has been shown to increase patient acceptance. The survey results, specifically, revealed that 60% of patients shown an Invisalign Outcome Simulator on the Itero Scanner decided to proceed with Invisalign treatment.  The results also demonstrated that general dentists reported an average of 1.5x more Invisalign treatment case starts for patients shown an Invisalign Outcome Simulation – versus number of patients who were not shown the simulation [2].


1Based on an Align survey of n=101 orthodontists and general dentists (from US, Canada and UK, in July 2018; GP=60, Ortho=41) who used the Invisalign Outcome Simulator in the past year and were asked: ‘For the patients who were presented the option of Invisalign treatment in the past 12 months, and for whom you have used the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, what percentage of these patients started Invisalign treatment?’

2Based on an Align survey of n=60 General Dentists (from US, Canada and UK, in July 2018) who used the Invisalign Outcome Simulator in the past year and were asked to compare the percentage of patients that started Invisalign treatment in their practice for those patients in which the Invisalign Outcome Simulator was shown versus patients in which a simulation was not shown.

3 25% faster scan processing with the Itero Element 2 as compared to the Itero Element, and based on comparison of 40 Invisalign scans and 40 restorative scans with 3 prep teeth processed by each product:Itero Element and Itero Element 2.

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