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Dentsply Sirona Debuts New Clear Aligner Solution with SureSmile
Dentsply Sirona’s new SureSmile aligners are designed and produced based on a digital impression scan and 2D or 3D imaging. Clinicians can use software that uploads all the data, including a photo of the patient’s face, and an interactive diagnostic tool registers the digital treatment plan to the patient photo to ensure an ideal smile design.

Dentsply Sirona presented this concept for U.S. market release at Dentsply Sirona World in September. With the new product, orthodontists and general practitioners can offer patients more treatment options and different price models with one versatile platform. To ensure maximum flexibility, SureSmile aligners are available with choices ranging from all-inclusive pricing to pay-per-aligner, as well as in-office “DIY” aligner design.

SureSmile aligners are designed and fabricated by clinicians and advanced digital technicians with decades of 3D model experience. Automated staging and attachment placement ensure a high plan acceptance rate and the clinician remains in control by having the discretion to design an aligner that fits the patient. For example, when ordering the design and production, the practitioner may intervene in the software, if desired, to drive patient customization.

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Planmeca USA Appoints Edwin J. McDonough as President
Edwin J. McDonough was appointed the president of Planmeca USA, effective Sept. 10. He will lead the Planmeca subsidiary in North America, which is the most significant market for the Planmeca Group.

McDonough joins Planmeca from McDonough Medical Products Corp., where he served as chief executive officer. He has experience leading and developing health care technology corporations, such as Progeny and Gendex, which both specialize in dental imaging equipment. Heikki Kyöstilä, president and founder of Planmeca Group, says McDonough will strengthen Planmeca’s management team in the United States.

Dr. David Galler Joins Aspen Dental Management as Senior Vice President, Orthodontic Services
Aspen Dental Management (ADMI), one of the largest branded dental support organizations in the U.S., recently announced the addition of Dr.?David Galler to its clinical support team. He will serve as senior vice president, orthodontic services, rolling out Invisalign to the 700 Aspen Dental offices across the country.

Galler is an Invisalign faculty member and in the top 1 percent of Invisalign providers in North America, having treated more than 2,000 cases in the past 10 years. He has trained more than 3,000 doctors on his Galler Spacing Technique, which is used by dentists worldwide for Invisalign.

In August, ADMI announced an agreement with Align Technology, the makers of the Invisalign clear aligner system, to equip all Aspen Dental locations with an iTero Element intraoral scanner. Galler will lead trainings for Aspen Dental doctors across the country with the goal of enabling an end-to-end digital workflow in all Aspen Dental locations by August 2019.

Before joining ADMI, Galler practiced dentistry and administered clear aligner therapy at Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan. He graduated with high honors from the University of Pennsylvania College of Dentistry, and completed his general practice residency and cosmetic practice residency at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Hospital. He currently serves as president of the American Academy of Clear Aligners.

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