Align Technology promotes digital dentistry with subsidies

Around the world within the framework of its fourteenth Annual Research Awards Program. This financial support is key to advancing the treatment of orthodontics and digital dentistry, benefiting patients of all ages.

Dr. Mitra Derakhshan, executive vice president of Align and clinical director of global planning of clinical treatments and services, expressed her enthusiasm: “We are excited to hear the findings of all the award-winning research and any future publications that universities are developing.”

Winners of the 2024 Research Award


  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA): Dr. Sanghee Lee.
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL): Dr. Sarah Hisham Abu Arqub.
  • University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA): Dr. Christine Hong.
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY): Dr. Mohamed Bazina.


  • UniCamillus International Medical University (Rome, Italy): Dr. Chiara Pavoni.
  • University of Insubria (Varese and Como, Italy): Dr. Luca Levrini.
  • UniCamillus International Medical University (Rome, Italy): Dr. Roberta Lione.
  • University of L’Aquila (L’Aquila, Italy): Dr. Silvia Caruso.

Asia Pacific:

  • University of Sichuan (Chengdu, China): Dr. Hu Long.
  • Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies (Kadrabad, Ghaziabad, India): Dr. Vikas Thakur.
  • Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand): Dr. Sirichom Satrawaha.
  • Ragas Dental College and Hospital (Uthandi, Tamil Nadu, India): Dr. N.R. Krishnaswamy.

Growth of Digital Dentistry

John Morton, vice president of Align and technical fellow, highlighted the significant increase in applications: “We have obtained a considerable increase, the largest since the beginning of our award. The publications and conferences resulting from these research efforts advance in the science of dentistry and aim to improve the dental care of the global community. We are proud to offer this opportunity to these excellent university researchers from all over the world.”

Research Topics

Grants finance a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Maxillary molar distalization in adult patients with aligners.
  • Comparison of the oral microbiome between fixed orthodontic treatments and with transparent aligners.
  • Evaluation of the early treatment of mixed teething.
  • Effects of different interproximal reduction (IPR) systems on enamel surfaces.
  • Comparison of the aesthetics of the smile (smile arch, mouth runner and exposure to the incisor).
  • Efficacy of different probiotics in the biofilm formed around the aligners.

The Impact of Align Technology

Align Technology is recognized for its iTero scanners and intraoral services, and exocad CAD/CAM software. These advances allow improved workflows in digital dentistry of orthodontics and restoration, benefiting both patients and professionals.

To date, Align has helped more than 17.6 million patients and continues to promote the evolution of digital dentistry through the Digital Align Platform.

For more information about the contest and how to apply for the year 2025, visit this link.

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