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3Shape Ortho System Clear Aligner Workflow Receives FDA 510(k) Market Clearance
3Shape recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) market clearance for the 3Shape Ortho System clear aligner workflow, and U.S. dental professionals can now use 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio to design and produce their own orthodontic clear aligner treatments. The software guides professionals through the case analysis, setup and staging, and export to print for production.

Using simple, intuitive workflows, the software provides analysis of arch shapes, overjet/overbite, Bolton ratios, occlusion and spaces. From there, virtual setups can be created and subdivided into the necessary clear aligner stages. Attachments and interproximal reduction can also be added to the treatment plan, and when planning is complete, sub-setups can be prepared for printing. Production files can be exported for 3D printing and vacuum forming, and the software is also compatible with a wide range of 3D printers.

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AAO Designates Annual Session Lecture Slot in the Memory of Dr. William R. Proffit
In the wake of the death of Dr. William R. Proffit, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) announced that the 2019 annual session planning committee has designated his scheduled lecture period as the William R. Proffit Memorial Lecture—Sunday, May 5, from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m.

Dr. Kevin O’Brien of Manchester, England, has accepted an invitation to give the lecture and will present “Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: A Retrospective on Bill Proffit.” O’Brien is a professor of orthodontics at the University of Manchester Health Science Center, where he received his dental degree and completed the orthodontic residency program. He also lectures internationally and is an active researcher who has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed publications.

The 2019 Annual Session will take place May 3–7 in Los Angeles.

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Carestream Dental Welcomes New Leadership for the Americas Region
Carestream Dental has announced two new regional leaders, Jeremy Thomas and Jeff Farmer.

Thomas has been appointed as general manager of the Americas region. In this role, he oversees the design and execution of Carestream Dental’s imaging and software growth strategies for marketing and sales in North and South America. He has held several high-level leadership roles at MedWorld Advisors, ATL Technology and Kulzer Dental, where most recently he served as president. In addition to his business experience, Thomas has worked in several global roles managing country heads and executives in Central and South America, the United States and Canada.

Farmer has been appointed the director of marketing and business development for the Americas. He brings with him a strong background in the medical device industry, having held leadership positions with Kimberly-Clark Healthcare, Invenio Healthcare and, most recently, Medtronic.

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