Align Technology promotes importance of digital dentistry for interdisciplinary orthodontics

Align Technology has reinforced its commitment to dental professionals in the region with its presence at the 16th Annual Conference of the Saudi Orthodontic Society (SOS) as a platinum sponsor of the event.

Taking place at Crown Plaza Hotel in Riyadh, KSA from 24-27 Feb 2022, the annual conference is set to highlight the importance of “Interdisciplinary Orthodontics”, and will bring together more than 500 individuals from the orthodontic industry including doctors, laboratory practitioners, and industry partners.

Over the course of the conference, a range of lectures, panel discussions and workshops will take place, focused on topics that promote interdisciplinary orthodontics, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Angelo Maura, general manager of Middle East and Africa at Align Technology, said, “In line with the regional vision to support digital transformation, the region has been on an upward trajectory for mass innovation, which was further catalysed during the past two years worldwide.

“The 16th SOS Annual Conference will serve as a much-needed platform for leveraging the digital technologies that will move us toward the future of dentistry, as well as foster more collaboration between the different specialties in the field.”

Dr Mohamad Al Harbi, president of SOS, also commented: “Our work in the orthodontic field includes a lot of future planning for patients in which we propose the different outcomes that can be achieved through traditional treatment methods. This planning often requires collaboration with other dental specialities including a prosthodontist and a periodontist as well.

“Today’s technologies and advancements of digital dentistry allow for this collaboration to take place, which increases the quality of patient treatment. Bringing expert dental practitioners together from across the region, the SOS 16th Annual Conference aims to highlight the importance of interdisciplinary and collaborative dentistry.”

Align Technology will be hosting two key events during the conference, focused on driving interdisciplinary orthodontics through the use of digital technologies. One of these will be a lecture by Dr Waddah Sabouni, discussing “Alternative Approaches to Orthognathic Surgery with Clear Aligners” on 26 Feb 2022.

Dr Sabouni is an Orthodontist specialist, who is a member of the French Orthodontic Society, American Orthodontic Society, World Orthodontic Society, board member of the French Aligner Society and speaker for European Align Society.

The lecture will be covering the management of orthognathic surgery cases within the Invisalign system, explaining different approaches to the timing of the surgery within orthodontic treatment. Additionally, Dr Sabouni will be sharing his perspective on the differences, benefits and considerations between the alternative approaches.

Another key event being hosted by Align Technology will be a four-hour long workshop, also by Dr Sabouni, on “Aligner Treatment: Possibilities and Considerations”. Taking place on 27 Feb, the workshop will explore the broad aspects of the applicability of clear aligners within the orthodontic practice, including the scope of malocclusions that can be treated with aligners, as well as different interdisciplinary treatments such as cases with periodontal considerations, pre-prosthetic or pre-restorative treatments.

Ahead of the conference, Align Technology announced its most recent innovations in the region. These latest updates include Align Technology’s ClinCheck Live Update for 3D controls, enabling real-time ClinCheck treatment plan modifications that improve practice productivity, while also improving quality of treatment plans.

The company also announced its Invisalign Personalised Plan (IPP), an innovation that automatically applies a doctor’s specific treatment preferences for comprehensive cases, enhancing efficiency and step-changing treatment planning consistency for optimal doctor and patience experience.

The Invisalign Practice App has also seen an upgrade, now providing mobile integration with the Invisalign Doctor Site (IDS), enabling doctors to manage their practice at their fingertips.