Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, has completed the acquisition of Cadent Holdings Inc, makers of the iTero and OrthoCAD® iOC scanning systems.

According to Align, the Cadent acquistion strengthens Align’s ability to drive adoption of Invisalign by integrating Invisalign treatment more fully with mainstream chairside tools and procedures in orthodontists’ practices. The company hopes that the combination of the two companies will help accelerate the use of intraoral scanning in the dental industry by leveraging Align’s global sales reach, extensive professional and consumer marketing capabilities, and base of more than 55,000 ClinCheck® software users.

Thomas M. Prescott, Align’s president and CEO, said, "Align is committed to supporting and building on the technology and products that have made Cadent one of the emerging leaders in intraoral scanning. That commitment includes continued support of an open system approach that gives doctors and laboratories maximum flexibility."

Cadent President and CEO Timothy Mack has been appointed senior vice president of business development. Mack will be responsible for creating and developing business partnerships in dentistry and extending Align’s technology with distributors and lab partners.

Align plans to maintain all Cadent products and services. As part of an ongoing program to evaluate interoperability of intraoral scanning systems for future use with Invisalign treatment, Align is in final interoperability beta tests with Cadent’s intraoral scanning systems and expects to announce interoperability in the second quarter of 2011.

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