Align Technology, Inc., a leading global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells the Invisalign system of clear aligners, iTero intraoral scanners, and exocad CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry, has announced an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with Ultradent Products Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Align will offer Invisalign-trained doctors an exclusive professional whitening system with the leading Opalescence PF whitening formula from Ultradent, optimised for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers.
The system will carry the co-branded name of “Invisalign Professional Whitening System – powered by Opalescence” and will offer the same great whitening outcomes and streamlined practice experience dental professionals expect from the Opalescence PF product during active tooth movement with Invisalign aligners, as well as during passive retention using Vivera retainers. The Invisalign Professional Whitening System will be commercially available globally in 2022.
“A brighter, whiter smile is an important part of the Invisalign patient journey. In fact, a survey of North American Invisalign practices1 shows that half of their patients ask for teeth whitening during or after they complete Invisalign treatment,” said Raj Pudipeddi, Align Technology chief product and marketing officer, and SVP and managing director of the Asia Pacific Region. “We believe that by providing an all-in-one solution that combines a leading teeth-whitening system with the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we enable Invisalign-trained doctors to enhance their patients’ treatment experience with a seamless workflow that also enables practice efficiency and growth. We’re very excited to partner with Ultradent to offer the first professional whitening system optimised for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers. Invisalign system trained doctors can use Opalescence PF for in-office teeth whitening treatment and for doctor supervised at-home whitening.”
“We’re honoured to partner with Align to make the top professional teeth whitening products available to more clinicians and patients around the world,” said Dirk Jeffs, president and chief executive officer of Ultradent. “Providing Align with teeth whitening products, ideal for use with Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainers, is a considerable step toward our mission of improving oral health globally and we look forward to pursuing this mission together.”
“Many of my patients would like whiter teeth as well as a straighter smile,” said Dr Brian Amy, an orthodontist and Align Faculty member practicing in Oklahoma City, United States (US). “The new Invisalign Professional Whitening System allows me to provide both simultaneously using the brands I trust.”
“After testing this system in my practice, I can confirm that the Invisalign Professional Whitening System is easy to administer and offers a great patient experience by combining whitening with Invisalign aligners or Vivera retainers,” said Dr Jennifer Bell, a restorative and cosmetic dentist and Align GP Advisory Board Member practicing in Holly Springs, North Carolina, US. “The simple ordering mechanism minimises burden on my practice to store and manage whitening products, while providing the brighter, whiter smiles we have come to expect from the Opalescence PF product.”
Ultradent is an ISO13485 certified facility and will manufacture the products according to those standards.
1 2017 online survey of Invisalign doctors, data on file at Align Technology