SmileDirectClub announced a new retainer manufacturing technology that will allow it to produce twice as many aligners and retainers with less manpower.
SmileDirectClub announced the complete transition of its second-generation retainer manufacturing technology in the Company’s FDA-registered Smile Labs based in Antioch, Tennessee.
The Company’s upgraded retainer manufacturing lines feature the patented laser technology and automations that are leveraged to produce SmileDirectClub’s Comfort Sense aligners.
The laser technology results in precision-cut retainers that fit more comfortably while helping to maintain proper tooth alignment and healthy positioning, and the manufacturing automations continue to increase the Company’s efficiency and productivity.
Thanks to this advanced technology, the Smile Labs can now produce twice as many aligners and retainers with approximately 1/3 of the manpower, effectively increasing productivity by 225%, according to the company.
“SmileDirectClub has made strategic investments in state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to elevate aligner and retainer product quality, improve efficiency and productivity, and invent superior next generation products,” said David Katzman, chief executive officer and chairman, SmileDirectClub. “Thanks to the numerous advancements and engineering feats within our Smile Labs, we have realized a massive increase in manufacturing productivity and efficiency while focusing on developing more comfortable and effective aligners and retainers.”
SmileDirectClub’s new manufacturing technology is one competency within the company’s portfolio, helping SmileDirectClub create more comfortable and effective aligners. Over the past year, the company has utilized a team of experts including PhD materials scientists and engineers to research force application and alternative aligner materials and manufacturing technologies.
Since launching in the U.S. in 2014, SmileDirectClub has become one of the fastest-growing health technology companies, reaching more than 1.8 million customers around the world.