Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, announced multiple updates for the iTero® Element family of intraoral scanners, including a new software upgrade with enhanced functionality and connectivity to exocad® and Dentrix®.

With the 1.7 iTero scanner upgrade, which will be available through a gradual release starting in late November, general dentists and orthodontists will have access to new features that improve scan quality and provide additional functionality for patient data protection. These features include improved image quality and resolution of restorative model; direct visualization of high resolution scan in “scan mode”; improved scan process for prep segments; and inactivity log out feature that activates after a predefined period of system inactivity for greater privacy of patient information.

In addition, a separate iTero software update will also provide customers with an improvement in their experience at, giving users clear visibility to file download status.

The iTero intraoral scanner open chairside milling workflow with exocad Chairside CAD software offers users a fully variated workflow between the iTero Element intraoral scanner and exocad Chairside CAD to enable in-house milling of dental restoration on any compatible milling machine. And the integration of the iTero intraoral scanner with the Dentrix patient management platform is designed to simplify workflow and increase efficiency by eliminating the need to re-enter patient data for digital impressions taken using the iTero scanner by automatically inserting the scan into a Dentrix patient chart. This connectivity is available only in North America.