Bupa Dental Care has signed a contract with Align Technology to roll out the medical device company’s Invisalign orthodontic system and iTero intraoral scanners across its network.
Under the deal, Align will also provide dedicated education and training programmes for Bupa’s network of dentists and orthodontists across the UK and Ireland.
Bupa Dental Care general manager Gabriela Pueyo said the agreement was a ‘natural move’ to offer patients the best in restorative dentistry.
‘We’re focused on developing digital dentistry to improve our patient experience. This collaboration is a key aspect of this strategy, giving patients access to less invasive, more comfortable treatments that allow them to see the results they can expect before even beginning their treatment.
‘It’s not just patients that will see the benefits, either: in addition to rolling out the latest technology for our dentists and clinicians, we’ve agreed on a bespoke training package that will help them optimise the use of chair time in practice,’ she said.
Align Technology is a world leader in clear orthodontic alignment and its Invisalign system is one of the best-known products on the market, with more than 380,000 unique aligner parts produced each day.
In conjunction with the Invisalign system, the company also produces iTero intraoral scanners, which can be used by dentists to help patients visualise treatment options and potential outcomes.
Senior vice president and managing director EMEA Simon Beard said: ‘Bupa’s commitment to patients and clinicians alike is commendable, and ultimately creates a seamless experience with great outcomes. The company’s commitment to innovation is demonstrated by expanding its digital footprint and its recognition that iTero element scanners can bring about more efficient and effective orthodontic and restorative dentistry, along with an exceptional experience for their patients. Healthcare is becoming more digital and, at Align Technology, we are proud to be driving this transition in orthodontics and restorative dentistry.’