Henry Schein Inc. announced on Friday that it has entered the rapidly growing market for orthodontic aligners with its proprietary SLX clear aligner system.
The SLX clear aligner system is a complete solution that incorporates the popular sagittal-first Motion 3D technology, a proprietary offering of Henry Schein Orthodontics (HSO). According to HSO's lead clinical advisor, Dave Paquette, DDS, MS, MSD, this technology can significantly reduce the number of aligners needed for use in a typical case, providing meaningful time savings and clinical benefits to doctors and patients.
This system offers clinicians and patients an intuitive and simplified treatment process and was introduced today by Henry Schein Orthodontics at the annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists in Washington, DC.
The SLX clear aligner system, which has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, uses patented manufacturing processes to achieve aligner clarity and a precise fit for greater comfort and improved tooth control. The SLX clear aligner web portal will accept STL digital impressions from all leading intraoral scanners and, combined with an open-source platform, is easy to use.
"Henry Schein is committed to providing clinicians with the most advanced and patient-friendly treatment options available," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairperson of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein. "With the launch of SLX clear aligners, based on the sagittal-first Motion 3D technology, we are advancing that mission while positioning the company globally as a full-solution provider of innovative orthodontic products. We see considerable growth opportunities in this market, and we are pleased to provide clinicians a new way of satisfying the oral health needs of their patients."
The SLX clear aligner system provides an enhanced esthetic orthodontic treatment option for patients, as well as easy case submission and treatment planning for clinicians. SLX clear aligners join HSO's growing family of SLX orthodontic solutions.
"HSO is excited to be entering the large and growing market for clear aligners," said Ted Dreifuss, general manager of Henry Schein Orthodontics. "Clear aligners are gaining wider acceptance among patients and orthodontic providers alike. We have designed our aligner solution to provide a new choice for patients who are looking for either a simple esthetic solution to problems such as minor crowding or for those requiring more extensive work to correct issues such as bite problems and moderate or severe crowding. With our easy-to-use intuitive interface, we believe orthodontists will spend less time submitting and approving their cases, further enhancing Henry Schein's mission to help clinicians focus on providing quality care."
Henry Schein Orthodontics has begun registration and training immediately. Case submission will begin on May 25.