Align Technology Announces Invisalign Interoperability With the 3M True
SAN JOSE, CA and ST. PAUL, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 01/14/14 -- Align
Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and 3M ESPE (NYSE: MMM) today
announced that Align Technology has qualified the 3M(TM) True
Definition scanner for use with Invisalign(R) case submissions, which
requires an intraoral scanner that can readily capture an accurate
full arch digital impression. This qualification will now enable
Invisalign providers with a True Definition scanner to submit a
digital impression in place of a traditional PVS impression as part
of the Invisalign case submission process.
The 3M True Definition scanner is the only third-party scanner that
has been qualified for use with Invisalign treatment. Align's own
iTero(R) scanner was qualified for Invisalign case submission in
December 2011. Align supports an open systems approach to digital
impressions and continues to work with intraoral scanning companies
interested in developing interoperability for use with Invisalign
"We are pleased to provide 3M True Definition customers with the
option to submit digital impressions for Invisalign treatment," said
John Graham, Align Technology vice president and chief marketing
officer. "Integration of digital scans with Invisalign treatment
provides greater treatment efficiency to Invisalign providers and a
better overall patient experience to their patients."
"We are happy to collaborate with Align Technology in offering a
fully digital workflow for the Invisalign case submission process and
are very pleased that the 3M True Definition Scanner was the first
third-party system to meet the qualification standards," said David
Frazee, general manager and vice president, 3M Digital Oral Care.
Clinicians interested in offering this new workflow to their
customers can find the process at: 3M.com/TrueDef/Invisalign.
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs, manufactures
and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating
malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Invisalign corrects
malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable
appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position.
Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and
wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other
limitations associated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for
treating adults and teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997
and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998.The
Invisalign product family includes Invisalign, Invisalign Teen,
Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express 10, and Vivera Retainers. To
learn more about Invisalign or to find an Invisalign trained doctor
in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com.
Cadent Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Align Technology and is a
leading provider of 3D digital scanning solutions for orthodontics
and dentistry. The Cadent family of products includes iTero and iOC
scanning systems, OrthoCAD iCast, OrthoCAD iQ and OrthoCAD iRecord.
For additional information, please visit www.itero.com.
About 3M Healthcare
3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical,
oral care, drug delivery, food safety and health information markets.
We have an unparalleled ability to connect people, insights, science
and technology to think beyond today, solve problems, and make better
health possible. Our culture of collaboration empowers us to discover
and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable our customers to
protect and improve the health of people around the world.
The 3M Digital Oral Care Department, part of the 3M ESPE Division in
the 3M Health Care business, aims to accelerate and strengthen 3M's
efforts to lead the digital transformation that is occurring in oral
care. For more information on the 3M True Definition Scanner, visit
the website at http://www.3M.com/TrueDef/ or call the 3M ESPE
Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for
purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors. 3M and ESPE are
trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in
Canada. Copyright 3M 2013. All rights reserved.
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into
thousands of ingenious products. Its culture of creative
collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies
that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops
inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people
worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more
information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
Investor Relations Contact
Align Technology, Inc.
Shannon Mangum Henderson
Ethos Communication, Inc.
3M Health Care Contact
3M Public Relations
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