By summer 2015, the CEREC Omnicam and the new CEREC Ortho Software can be used to submit digital impressions for Invisalign clear aligner therapy.

San Diego dentist Dr Rod Strober says cooperation between the two companies will lead to faster treatment and better results for orthodontic and sleep apnea patients. “This will lead to faster, better, and more efficient outcomes,” Strober says in a release. “No longer will our office need to take polyvinyl impressions, which reduces the risk of human or materials error. We’ll also be able to get our cases back faster from Invisalign and other orthodontic labs. But the benefits don’t end there. Patient records will be saved indefinitely, and can even be transferred over to make sleep apnea appliances. Nobody likes manual impressions, and now we can save our patients that-with one impression, we can offer a lot of different services.”

Jeffrey T. Slovin, president and CEO of CEREC-maker Sirona says, “We are delighted to offer our CEREC Omnicam customers the ability to submit their digital impressions to the Invisalign system. After 30 years of leading dentistry into a digital era, Sirona’s focus has expanded to orthodontic treatment.”

Digital models created from CEREC Omnicam intraoral data are transferred to Align Technology and used as part of the record submission for an Invisalign treatment. This eliminates the laborious process of creating and sending physical impressions, which results in faster processing of the case. Patients may benefit from the earlier start of the therapy and the digital impression taking instead of conventional impression material.

The required new software, exclusive for CEREC Omnicam systems, will be available in selected markets by summer 2015. Existing users should contact their representatives for availability.