iTero Element 2 Product Photo, Courtesy of Align Technology

China’s National Medical Product Administration has recently approved a new device from Align Technology Inc. Their latest intraoral scanner, the iTero Element 2, is now available for sale and distribution in China. This is the next step for the organization since it opened a both treatment and training facilities in Shanghai and Chengdu.

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The iTero Element 2 provides a full range of case assessment, restorative and orthodontic treatment. It is twice as fast on start-up, and 25% faster when processing a patient’s intraoral scans than the previous generation device. It provides physicians a more precise image with intuitive visuals that allow for a more efficient workflow.

According to iData Research, as more innovations and players emerge, and approvals/clearances increase, the digital dentistry market can expect market growth. Dentures and Aligners that are made digitally by computers carry high ASP’s. Furthermore, as more technicians acquire the skills to produce digital dentures and aligners, through education and improving the simplicity of the process, the market will more readily accept innovations from companies like Align Technology.

“Align is committed to bringing global innovations to China and localizing them for patients’ needs. As we lead in digital dentistry, we want to deliver the best treatment outcome for patients and continue to support dentists’ efforts to grow their practices,” said Julie Tay, Align senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific. “We’re dedicated to delivering innovations more rapidly in China, and expanding the iTero portfolio with iTero Element 2 scanner shortly after we introduced iTero Element scanner in 2018 is an example of our commitment.”

“As we’re growing our practice in digital dentistry, we need more powerful technology to improve the overall digital workflow for us,” said Professor Yanheng Zhou, Department of Orthodontics of Peking University School of Stomatology, founder and chief orthodontic specialist, Sunny Dental. Adoption of digital dentistry in China will be something worth observing over the long-term.

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