Align-Glidewell deal fuels dental practice management software market

Align Technology, Inc. and Glidewell Dental, renowned players in the global healthcare and medical devices industry, recently announced that they have reached a definitive agreement, under which the former will distribute the iTero Element intraoral scanning system in North America with the recently unveiled In-Office Solution – glidewell.io.

Reportedly, Glidewell’s In-Office Solution is a chairside restorative ecosystem that is set to simplify the delivery and prescription of laboratory dental restorations. For the record, Glidewell Dental is one among the world’s largest provider of custom restorative services. Disrupting the global dental practice management software market, glidewell.io solution is expected to provide efficient & well-organized workflow with iTero Element scanning system and Glidewell’s fastdesign.io Software.

Dental experts reveal that an accurate restoration is entirely dependent upon accurate scan. As clinicians are looking to tap into full range of services that provides impressive speed, precision, and interface, analysts predict such introduction of reliable software to dramatically surge dental practice management software industry trends. Reports claim that the collaboration between the two, stands to widen iTero’s reach to over 50,000 dentists who are already using Glidewell services. Moreover, reports also reveal that, Align Technology, which markets intra-oral scanners, aligner therapy, and CAD/CAM digital services used in dentistry, orthodontics, etc., has been taking significant efforts to expand the work flow options of iTero scanners in dental practice management software market.

According to analysts, this strategic collaboration is anticipated to majorly impact the digital dental technology that is steadily progressing to transform healthcare IT & dental software market.

Sources further deemed this agreement to be a win-win situation for both dentists and patients, as the convenience and precision provided by the integration of software and dental devices have significantly fueled the adoption of full range dental services.

Reportedly, the combined entity aims to launch its services by Q1 2018. Experts claim that the deal is expected to leave a tangible impact on the overall dental practice management software industry share.