ULab Systems is a privately held digital dental company led by a group of entrepreneurs, technologists and commercial developers that have come together to develop the next generation digital dental software. Their treatment planning software has been developed for orthodontists to enable chairside treatment planning and same day printing of clear orthodontic appliances. Once the digital scan is imported into the ULab software orthodontists can then diagnose the treatment needs of their patients and rapidly develop a treatment plan chairside in less than 5 minutes.
Below is our interview with Charlie Wen, Co-Founder, President & CTO at ULab Systems:
Q: Charlie, could you tell us a little about the technology that drives your platform?
A: We set out to enhance treatment planning by allowing orthodontists to independently design treatment plans in just minutes. In order to do this we use a new architecture to enable faster treatment modeling. To date we have filed 16 patents on our algorithm and technology. We have designed our platform to be unique in several ways:
• Full control over treatment plans. Orthodontists will no longer have to rely on manufacturers to suggest or design treatment plans for their patients. This will accelerate service and lead to higher patient satisfaction.
• Time savings for orthodontists. Currently, orthodontists go through roughly 5 iterations and invest on average 26 minutes to create a single patient treatment plan. With ULab, this would all be simplified to as little as 5 minutes, freeing up more time for the ortho to spend with patients.
• Easily share treatment plans. With ULab, orthodontists will finally be able to develop and share the treatment plan with the patient chairside in 5 minutes or less. Patients will better understand treatment options and be able to see their new smile.
• Same day treatment starts. The ULab software allows orthodontists to easily print aligners right in their office, so that patients can start their treatment the same day as their consultation. This is a much better patient experience as compared to the traditional process which can take up to 5 weeks just to start treatment. With ULab, patients can be on their third set of aligners rather than waiting for their aligners to be manufactured.
“We designed ULab to create a better doctor and patient experience and we are constantly encouraged by the positive feedback we are receiving from the leading orthodontists using our software.”
Charlie Wen – President and Chief Technology Officer
Q: You’ve recently announced 510K clearance of next generation dental treatment planning software platform; could you tell us something more?
A: Yes, we are excited about our recent 510K clearance and the opportunity ahead of us. We have also competed a feasibility study and the results from the study have been very positive. We are eager to make our debut at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) later this year in DC.
Q: What are the benefits of ULab Technology?
A: ULab will improve treatment planning by giving control back to orthodontists who have been using aligners. With ULab, end to end treatment planning can be completed chairside in as little as 5 minutes. This is a better experience for the orthodontist and patients who will be able to view their new smile in a matter of minutes. Patients can even start their treatment on the very same day.
ULab empowers orthodontists to create a more positive patient experience. Some industry consultants have said that same day delivery or creation of aligners within the dental practice is the next game changer in orthodontics and ULab delivers on this game changing experience.
In the words of Dr. Tim Dumore, a leading orthodontist practicing in Winnipeg, Canada, and a participant in the ULab feasibility study:
“I feel that ULab will revolutionize how orthodontists practice, by giving back control over how clear aligner cases are treated. Being able to complete virtual setups in-house, in minutes, will decrease the burden of aligner treatment planning, while will expanding the range of cases that can be treated with aligners.”
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are currently conducting a controlled rollout to a select group of orthodontists as we prepare for launch. In May, we will launch at the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) meeting in Washington, DC. That will be the first opportunity for orthodontists to experience our technology.