Major DSOs Sign Deal to Use Align Technology’s iTero Element

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Aspen Dental and Heartland Dental, two of the nation’s largest dental support organizations, will use Align Technology’s iTero Element intraoral scanner in all of their offices, according to the companies. Aspen Dental has nearly 700 offices in 38 states, while Heartland Dental has more than 850 offices in 35 states. 

“The expected benefits to Aspen Dental practices are significant—enhanced ability to perform orthodontia services, lower lab fees, reduced usage of impression material, and quicker completion time for crown and bridge cases,” said Bob Fontana, chairman and CEO of Aspen Dental Management.

“Additionally, the iTero scanning technology will allow dentists at Aspen Dental to give their patients a high-impact, 3-D visualization of their dentitions, ensuring more effective chairside communication that can help patients get the care they need,” said Fontana. 

“Aspen Dental’s commitment to continuous innovation is demonstrated by its move to a digital platform and its recognition that iTero Element scanners can drive higher Invisalign utilization and more efficient restorative dentistry, along with positive experiences for their patients,” said Joe Hogan, Align Technology president and CEO.

In 2017, Aspen Dental practices treated more than 1.7 million patients. This August, hundreds of the company’s dentists will participate in an Invisalign training program at the annual Aspen Dental Leadership Retreat. Afterward, they will be able to offer Invisalign clear aligner treatment.

“Healthcare has gone digital, and dentistry is no exception. Today’s modern dental patients expect convenience and efficiency. We feel strongly that our partnership with Align, and our investment in its scanning technology, further positions our supported dentists to deliver cutting-edge care to their dental patients,” said Pat Bauer, Heartland Dental president and CEO.

“iTero scanners enable greater efficiency, better precision dentistry, and higher overall customer experience and satisfaction. We’re excited to be partnering with Heartland Dental as they continue to roll out iTero scanners across their supported US offices,” said Hogan. 

“Scanning is a gateway to dental innovations we couldn’t have imagined 10 years or even five years ago,” said Rick Workman, DMD, Heartland Dental founder and executive chair. “The technology will differentiate the Heartland Dental supported doctor in their community and will drive efficiency in the patient experience like never before.”

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