Through the deal, San Jose, Calif.-based Align’s said its iTero Element scanner will feature Glidewell’s fastdesign.io software which serves to auto-design restorations for clinician approval and to communicate with a lab’s digital design technicians as needed.
“This is an exciting opportunity to join together to deliver a restorative work flow driven by digital precision and enabling the growth of digital dentistry. This collaboration makes same-day restorations more efficient and accessible for our joint customers, and also introduces the benefits of iTero scanning to the more than 50,000 dentists using Glidewell services,” Align chief marketing officer Raphael Pascaud said in a prepared statement.
Align Technology said it expects the iTero Element with Glidewell’s technology to be available during the 1st quarter of 2018.
“Align has long been at the forefront of digital dental technology. Their pioneering spirit and drive for continued innovation are very much in line with Glidewell Dental’s goal to remove barriers to patient treatment, and I couldn’t be more excited about this dynamic pairing,” Glidewell Dental founder & prez Jim Glidewell said in a press release.
In late October, Align saw shares rise over 15% after the orthodontic device maker beat expectations on Wall Street with its third quarter results.