OP 3M True Definition scannerSIZEDAlign Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, has qualified the True Definition scanner from 3M Health Care, St Paul, Minn, for use with Invisalign® case submissions, which requires an intraoral scanner that can readily capture an accurate full arch digital impression. This qualification enables 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® scanner was qualified for Invisalign case submission in December 2011. According to Align Technology, the company supports an open systems approach to digital impressions, and continues to work with intraoral scanning companies interested in developing interoperability for use with Invisalign treatment.

“We are pleased to provide 3M True Definition customers with the option to submit digital impressions for Invisalign treatment,” said John Graham, vice president and chief marketing officer for Align Technology. “Integration of digital scans with Invisalign treatment provides greater treatment efficiency to Invisalign providers and a better overall patient experience to their patients.”