Computer Vision Applications in the Dental Space

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Computer Vision Applications in the Dental Space

We have provided a summary of top three leading computer vision applications in the dental space. These leaders are Align Technology, Inc., Axsys Incorporated, and B&D Dental Technologies.

Below, you will find a deep dive of our findings.

METHODOLOGY

In order to fulfill your request, we first conducted research to understand how computer visualization is being used within the dental industry. A 2018 article published on Dentistry IQ states that computer vision applications within the dental industry are known as CAD systems, or 'computer-aided detection and diagnosis systems.'

Given this information we conducted research into the global dental CAD market to identify the top leaders in this market. A report published in 2017 listed Align Technology, Inc., Axsys Incorporated, and B&D Dental Technologies. After verifying that each of these companies are located within the U.S., we chose to focus on these three companies for our analysis.

Please note that after exhaustive research, we determined that some information you requested for these companies was not found to be publicly available. For example, funding information could not be located for two of these companies, as they were not located within typical funding databases, such as Crunchbase, and we did not locate any external media sources or press releases announcing the funding of these companies.

Additionally, we also conducted research on some other market leaders presented in the market report and found that this lack of information appears to be trending within the leaders of this market. We assume this is because most of these companies are rather small, privately held companies who have been slowly building applications and solutions within this arena for around the last decade or so. As a result, we assume this emerging market is extremely competitive and it is likely that these companies consciously avoid making public statements about their business and financial activities as a result.

Despite this, we have uncovered as much pertinent information as was available for these top three leaders, which we have outlined below.

ALIGN TECHNOLOGY

Date Founded: 1997
Location: San Jose, California, United States

Founder: Zia Chishti
Funding: This company went IPO on January 26, 2001. They had received $130 million in funding when they went IPO, and had a valuation of $585 million. They have a stock price of around $13.00 per share.

Summary of application: Align Technology produces a range of CAD scanners under the brand name iTero. These scanners are "designed to deliver speed, reliability, intuitive operations, and outstanding visualization capabilities for general practitioners or orthodontists," and have been used to complete millions of dental procedures around the world.

Customer feedback: While there wasn't a lot of publicly available consumer feedback about this application, the feedback we did locate was all positive. For example, Dr. John Mamutil wrote a review of the iTero Element, stating that he was an "early adopter of iTero scanners" and has always been "impressed by their ease of use and advanced technology."

AXSYS INCORPOATED

The dental technologies segment of this company, which makes dental CAD/CAM applications is called Axsys Dental Solutions.

Date Founded: 1994

Location: Wixom, Michigan
Founder: Steve Braykovich

Funding: This is a privately held company with no publicly available information on funding. This was determined after exhaustive search through Crunchbase, Owler, trusted media articles, press releases, and the company website.

Summay of application: Axsys provides dental CAD/CAM solutions to a "variety of industry leading software publishers whose software solutions enable medical professionals to design and manufacture dental products." The applications this company develops are based around an open system, which allows users to customize them to meet their unique needs.

Customer feedback: While there was not a lot of publicly available consumer feedback for this company and its applications, we did uncover a Facebook page for this company which has a review from a dental laboratory manager named Michael Lee Henschell. Henschell expresses a high level of satisfaction with this company stating, "Axsys might just be the best with everything."

B&D Dental Technologies

Date Founded: 1998 (but launched ORIGIN branded CAD/CAM services in 2007).
Location: West Valley City, UT
Founder: Undisclosed. This was determined after exhaustive search through company profiles, government databases, trusted media articles, and the company's website.
Funding: This company has no publicly available information on funding. This was determined after exhaustive search through Crunchbase, Owler, trusted media articles, press releases, and the company website.

Summary of application: ORIGIN Intelligence is the name of this company's CAD system. It is designed to be optimally precise, and incorporates a patent-pending moving camera technology that allows for a "deeper scan area of the impression."

Customer feedback: Feedback for this company and its products was extremely limited within the public realm. However, we were able to locate consumer review forum in which users were discussing an earlier version of the Origin Intelligence system. Users expressed positive sentiments using this product, saying that they were "extremely surprised and impressed." Users said they could find a variety of applicable use cases for this system.

The company also has a five star rating on Facebook, although there are no written reviews.

CONCLUSION

In closing, we have provided a summary of top three leading computer vision applications in the dental space.
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