Zimmer Biomet signs digital dentistry collaboration with Invisalign maker

Dentist with child
In addition to a sales collaboration, Align's iTero scanner will serve as the exclusive intraoral scanner used in Zimmer's international training institutes. (Getty/Robert Daly)

Zimmer Biomet has signed a multinational distribution agreement with Align Technology, maker of a series of 3D oral scanning devices for digital restorative dentistry. 

The deal with Align Technology, which also markets the Invisalign transparent teeth-straightening system, aims to pair up the company’s iTero Element scanners with products, implants and services from Zimmer Biomet’s dental division. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In return, Align Technology will gain access to Zimmer Biomet Dental’s global sales force and its global network of dentists, laboratories and training centers. 

RELATED: FDA approves Zimmer's novel diagnostic for detecting infections in orthopedic joint replacements

“We are excited to be partnering with Zimmer Biomet Dental to demonstrate our companies’ commitment to supporting dental professionals on their journey to digital dentistry,” said Yuval Shaked, Align’s senior vice president and managing director of iTero scanner services. 

“A key differentiator in the evolution to a digital practice and dental ecosystem is clinical education,” Shaked said in a statement.”Through this collaboration, the iTero scanner becomes the exclusive intraoral scanner used in the U.S. and European Zimmer Biomet Institutes, which train thousands of doctors annually in an interactive learning environment with the ultimate goal of improved clinical outcomes.” 

RELATED: Apple and Zimmer Biomet launch 10,000-patient Apple Watch study in hip and knee surgeries

The collaboration will also offer Zimmer’s customers access to Invisalign through the iTero scanner platform. The scanners and services are currently available through Zimmer Biomet Dental in Europe, and the companies plan to expand distribution to the U.S., Canada and Japan next month.