Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, has launched Invisalign G3. The new aligner and software enhancements are designed to make the system more effective in treating Class II and Class III orthodontic patients.

Invisalign G3 features Precision Cuts, which are doctor-prescribed pre-cuts in the aligners that accommodate the use of elastics. Using a new drag-and-drop interface in ClinCheck 3.0 software, orthodontists can now specify the placement and the type of Precision Cuts on the aligners.

New SmartForce™ features in Invisalign G3 include an Optimized Rotation Attachment for bicuspids (previously available only for cuspids), a new Power Ridge™ feature for lower anteriors (previously available only for the upper arch), and a Lingual Power Ridge feature for upper anteriors. A new variation of the Optimized Rotation Attachment is also being introduced to address clinical situations where placement of the attachment may have previously been difficult, according to the company.

The Invisalign Doctor Site (formerly Virtual Invisalign Practice or “VIP”), a secure Web site where doctors access Invisalign patient records, review and approve ClinCheck treatment options, view patient account statues, and order treatment supplies, has also been redesigned. The site now consolidates all of a patient’s Invisalign records and treatment tasks together in one location. The Invisalign Doctor Site also introduces a new online prescription form that is integrated with the orthodontist’s clinical preferences.

Invisalign G3 also includes new clinical preferences and the addition of Compliance Indicators to Invisalign Assist.

Invisalign G3 features will be available to Invisalign-trained doctors in North America in October 2010 and internationally in 2011.

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