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Align Technology Awards Funding to Universities Worldwide

Align Technology will provide 11 research grants to universities under the company’s 12th annual Research Award Program.

The funded research studies cover a wide range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatment in orthodontics and dentistry, including distalization, stability in retention, presurgical treatment of cleft palate, maintenance of space in mixed dentition with aligners, consideration of periodontal conditions in treatment and the demand for education regarding treatment with aligners.

All applications received were reviewed and prioritized in a blind evaluation by an independent academic committee. The final recipients were then determined by Align Technology.

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58% of AAO Members Are Board Certified
The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) recently celebrated a major milestone with 58% of American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) members now being board certified.

Founded in 1929 as the first specialty board in dentistry, the ABO is partnered with the AAO and is recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards as the national certifying board for orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

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Orthodontic Software Providers Form Collaboration Under PracticeTek
Orthodontic software providers topsOrtho, Gaidge, EasyRx, Oasys Crossfire and OrthoMinds have joined forces under PracticeTek. The companies will remain independently operated but will enjoy greater collaboration, integration, and investment in building and delivering progressive technology solutions for the orthodontic profession.

PracticeTek provides practices with software solutions that enable them to provide a better experience for patients, grow their businesses and get paid faster. PracticeTek’s portfolio includes appointment scheduling, patient intake forms, communications, engagement and reputation management, data analytics, universal lab prescription and embedded payment processing.

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