Bupa Dental Care and Align Technology announce new agreement for the UK and Ireland

16 May 2019 . United Kingdom

Align Technology B.V (part of Align Technology, Inc.- NADSAQ: ALGN) and Bupa Dental Care have announced a new agreement, which will increase the offer of the Invisalign system and iTero intraoral scanners across Bupa’s network of dental practices in the UK and Ireland, benefiting both patients and dentists alike.
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Beginning with immediate affect, the new contract will also see Align provide dedicated education and training programmes for Bupa's network of dentists and orthodontists, so that they can leverage the latest innovations with confidence while providing patients with the highest possible quality care.

With over 470 practices across the UK and Ireland, as well as ambitious growth plans, Bupa Dental Care is one of the market’s biggest dental providers, carrying out over six million appointments each year.

Align Technology is a global medical device company focused on the design and manufacture of the Invisalign, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. It produces more than 380,000 unique aligner parts per day, each one digitally designed to gradually straighten a patient’s teeth. The Invisalign system's nearly invisible appearance makes it a popular alternative to traditional braces.

Simon Beard, Align Technology Senior Vice President, Managing Director EMEA, explains: “I strongly believe our cooperation with Bupa Dental Care will help Invisalign trained dentists and orthodontists to fully leverage our clear aligner and scanning technology, as well as give their patients a truly immersive digital experience, which includes a visualization of their dentition using iTero intraoral scanner, ensuring more effective chairside communication. Scanning the patient during the visit plays an important part in their treatment education and decision-making process, helping them understand their proposed treatment, allowing them to see a simulation of their projected treatment outcome and truly enhancing their patient experience. As importantly, thanks to our iTero Element scanners, the doctors can scan every patient at every visit and visualise treatment options together that result in more informed decisions for optimum oral care.”

Gabriela Pueyo, General Manager for Bupa Dental Care, said: “The Bupa name is synonymous with quality, and so this agreement was a natural move to offer patients the best in orthodontic dentistry. We’re also 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 optimize the use of chair time in practice.”

Simon Beard continued: “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. Today’s dental patients are motivated by convenience, efficiency and positive experiences. We feel strongly that this investment by Bupa Dental Care will enable its dentists to deliver precision outcomes and the best possible care to their patients.”

For more information, visit www.invisalgn.co.uk and www.bupadentalcare.co.uk.

Notes to editor

About Align Technology

Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, and iTero intraoral scanners and services. Align’s products help dental professionals achieve the clinical results they expect and deliver effective, cutting-edge dental options to their patients.

To date, the Invisalign system has been used by both general dentists and orthodontists to transform the lives of over 6.8 million patients globally, including over 1 million patients in the EMEA region. Align’s digital approach to teeth straightening has set the bar for innovation in the dental sector over the last 22 years and the company strives to help dental professionals by continuously investing and developing innovative products and by building a strong consumer brand to drive millions of patients to dental practices every year.

Visit www.aligntech.com and www.invisalign.co.uk for more information.

About Bupa Dental Care

Bupa Dental Care is a leading provider of NHS & private dental care with over 470 practices across the UK. People don't need to be insured by us to attend one of our dental clinics; services and treatments are available to everyone.

We offer a wide range of dental services, from general dentistry to specialist cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative treatments. Our clinicians are highly trained and use some of the latest techniques and technology when treating patients.

We employ over 2,000 dentists and over 5,000 practice staff – together, they provide our patients with excellent oral health care. We provide practices with a clinical and customer framework, allowing our dentists to focus purely on providing good quality dentistry to patients.

Practices fall under Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care), Total Orthodontics, Smiles, Dental Care Plus and Platinum Dentistry.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

Health insurance accounts for the major part of our business with 15.7m customers and contributes over 70% of revenue. We operate clinics, dental centres and hospitals in some markets, with 15m customers. We care for around 23,000 residents in our UK, Australia, New Zealand and Spain aged care businesses.

We directly employ around 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey, the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.