3M Unitek has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lingualcare Inc, a Dallas-based orthodontic technology and services company offering the iBraces system, a customized, lingual orthodontic solution. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
“Lingualcare brings the newest generation of lingual braces, along with sophisticated digital tools to make treatment easier for doctors and patients. Lingualcare nicely complements 3M’s full line of orthodontic solutions and further broadens both our aesthetic and digital orthodontic platforms,” said Paul Keel, president of 3M Unitek.
Lingualcare’s iBraces are customized to the patient’s tooth anatomy through a proprietary process to create braces that are lower-profile and more comfortable than traditional lingual braces. “We are excited by the opportunity to strengthen and enhance the iBraces customer experience with the support of 3M’s sales, service and technologies,” said Lea Nesbit, CEO of Lingualcare.
For nearly 60 years, Unitek has been a global leader, providing the orthodontic profession with innovations such as Clarity Ceramic Braces, APC Adhesive Pre-Coated Brackets, and most recently, SmartClip Self-Ligating Braces and Clarity SL Ceramic Self-Ligating Braces. Today, 3M Unitek delivers more than 14,000 orthodontic products and solutions worldwide. Complementary acquisitions such as this support 3M’s core business and strategy to expand its digital orthodontic solutions.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.

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