Carestream Dental, Atlanta, announced a new partnership with Elite Dental Alliance (ELITE). According to a press release from Carestream Dental, the partnership is aimed at solidifying the company’s commitment to private practice dentistry.

ELITE represents over 1,500 private practice locations across the United States and is considered the premier purchasing platform for independent dental practices. The ELITE network was developed to help relieve the administrative burden that often bogs down the private dental practice. It features a comprehensive set of carefully chosen vendors that provide products and services to ELITE members at pre-negotiated rates.

Carestream Dental will now be a vendor within the ELITE platform, offering ELITE members special pricing on the company’s intraoral equipment, including the CS 3600 intraoral scanner, RVG 6200 sensors, and the CS 1500 intraoral camera.

The partnership reportedly will provide more than 20,000 dental professionals, including orthodontists, with exclusive pricing, corporate-level services, and educational opportunities.

“Carestream Dental has always understood that oral healthcare professionals choose this field to treat patients and change lives, not negotiate business deals and bulk purchasing agreements,” Ed Shellard, DMD, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “This partnership with ELITE will make the business side of dentistry just a little easier and take the stress out of major buying decisions.”

“As an advocate for the nation’s leading dental professionals, ELITE is constantly identifying ways to help our members compete in an increasingly ‘corporate’ industry,” Brett Pierce, president/CEO, Elite Dental Alliance, said. “I am extremely proud to be aligned with Carestream Dental as it has shown an aggressive commitment to the independent practice. It is not only providing ELITE members with pre-negotiated rates on premium technology, but also corporate-level support and unprecedented educational opportunities.”

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