KLOwen received $10.5 million in investor funding and plans to debut its 3D-clear printed brackets at the 2022 AAO Annual Session.

Orthodontic products startup KLOwen has recently acquired $10.5 million in investor funding for its custom braces system.

Columbia Pacific Advisors was the lead investor in the latest round of funding. KLOwen also received the backing of several existing KLOwen investors, including Jazz Venture Partners, SpringRock Ventures, Ensemble Innovation Ventures, and the American Association of Orthodontists.

“I have no doubt that the technology KLOwen has developed will create a seismic shift in the way patients experience braces and will also vastly improve the earnings potential of orthodontists,” says John Bratrud, managing partner at Columbia Pacific Advisors.

The Stride Custom Braces system has featured metal brackets exclusively, which remain the most popular option among wearers of braces.

“Brandon Owen is a true visionary,” says John Harris, managing partner at Jazz Venture Partners. “He combined a passion for digital technology with a deep desire to make a difference in his chosen field of orthodontics, and he’s now able to offer his fellow practitioners a completely custom solution at a very affordable price point.”

The company will premier a new 3D-printed clear brackets solution at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session in Miami Beach, Florida, May 21-24, 2022.

“With traditional braces, patients have to commit to a years-long process that requires continual adjustments to a standardized set of brackets, which is extremely cumbersome and inefficient,” said Brandon Owen, DDS, MS, founder of KLOwen. “With Stride Custom Braces, the labor of an orthodontist is significantly reduced compared to traditional braces, and now that we provide options for both metal and clear brackets, all patients can reap the benefits of Stride Custom Braces.”