Software Platform Enables Clear Aligner Treatment

Richard Gawel
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The SoftSmile software platform enables orthodontists to create precise aligner treatment plans in-house that are then developed using advanced 3-D printing technologies, according to the company.

“We have long been perfecting our technology to provide orthodontists with the tools they need to fully utilize their skills, lower the cost of the treatment for the patients and usher in the next revolution in orthodontics,” said Khamzat Asabaev, cofounder and CEO of SoftSmile.

“We are confident that the proprietary technology and algorithms integrated in our software will help to transform orthodontists’ practices and such problems as uncertainty in the result, high cost and lack of accessible treatment will vanish,” he said.

The software helps to create a 3-D model of the orthodontic treatment plan, including the visualization of teeth roots and movement of the lower jaw during treatment. It models optimized teeth movement and suggests the exact number of aligners required for the optimized result, SoftSmile says.

Artificial intelligence generates key aspects of the treatment plan. Machine learning algorithms automate time-consuming processes and facilitate the final setup of aligned teeth based on orthodontic measurements, according to the company, allowing for the industry’s most precise software for modeling a digitally optimized treatment plan.

Following the creation of the treatment plan, the software automates 3-D printing for orthodontists, ensuring a smooth, intuitive, and straightforward manufacturing process, the company said.

SoftSmile is currently working with 3-D printing company Carbon to integrate software and manufacturing so distributed dental printing will become accessible to a wider group of orthodontists.

“I was very impressed when I first started using the SoftSmile technology in my practice that specializes in the application of lingual braces,” said Roberto Stradi, DDS, MSc.

“The learning curve for this technology was fairly minimal, and the software was completely customizable, allowing me to remain in control and produce a successful result for my patients,” said Stradi.

According to SoftSmile, more than a hundred orthodontists from around the world have tested the software, treating more than a thousand people outside of the United States. In the United States, SoftSmile is backed by the Columbia Start Up Lab and cooperates with Columbia University.

SoftSmile has received 12 US patents for its technologies, with more than 10 additional US patents pending. It expects to submit a Section 510(k) premarket notification of intent to market its software to the Food and Drug Administration in the coming months.

Ahead of the notification, orthodontists can request to use the SoftSmile software in their practice on a trial basis.

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