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Pearls for your practice: Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro by Align Technology

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The iTero has fundamentally changed my entire practice. This has obviously changed my workflow on my indirect restorations, but it has also changed the way we do our full exam and new patient experience. We analyze every new patient that comes in with the iTero. It started with my first iTero, the Element.

This continued today with our iTero 5D Plus. With each iteration of the iTero, it seems like more and more workflows are added to provide ROI. Even my first iTero had Invisalign Outcome Simulator. It has been a great tool for us in closing more Invisalign cases. Align has taken it to the next level with Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro!

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Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro is the latest offering to help you make more Invisalign cases. Just like Invisalign Outcome Simulator, Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro gives you 3D model renderings of your patient’s teeth before and after possible Invisalign treatment. This allows you to show the patient what Invisalign can do for them. With the original, it was purely conceptual for the patient. They saw a computerized model of their teeth, but there is no context, just disembodied teeth! For us, this is not a big problem. We are used to looking at patterns and visualizing a result. But most patients don’t have this skill – that’s where Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro comes in. It integrates Invisalign simulation with a picture of the patient smiling in full face to show them what they will look like after the treatment … directly on the screen of your iTero 5D Plus!

The process starts with taking a full face smile photo using the Invisalign Practice app on your smartphone. Once this photo has been taken and uploaded, the patient is scanned with the iTero 5D Plus. Once this scan is sent, the Align servers will take over and run the simulation and associate it with the patient’s photo. After approximately five minutes, the Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro button will show a green check mark to indicate that it is ready. Simply pull it up and show it to the patient. The first thing they’ll see is a before and after of their smiling face! From a visualization perspective, this is a game-changer for patients.

Currently scanning must be done with the iTero 5D Plus scanner to work with Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro. If you have an older iTero, it might be time to think about upgrading. Like any other facial simulation, the maxillary teeth are the most important here. Of the 15 simulations we did in my practice, the most visually effective were patients with moderate spacing or crowding on the maxillary anterior teeth – those really popped out. Cases with aligned upper anteriors and congested lower anteriors had a less dramatic simulation outcome.

Invisalign Outcome Simulator Pro gives you the ability to efficiently design a basic chairside digital smile without any lab cost. If it earns you even one or two more Invisalign cases per month, it’s a huge winner for your practice.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the September 2022 print edition of Dental economy magazine. Dentists in North America can take advantage of a free print subscription. Register here.