| Align Technology is a medical device company engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of Invisalign® clear aligners and iTero® intraoral scanners and services for dentistry, and exocad® computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software for dental laboratories and dental practitioners. Co.'s Clear Aligner segment includes the Invisalign System, a method for treating malocclusion based on a proprietary computer-simulated virtual treatment plan. Co.'s Imaging Systems and CAD/CAM Services segment includes the iTero Element scanner, a single hardware platform with software options for restorative or orthodontic procedures, and restorative software for iTero. |
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