Dentsply Sirona has acquired Byte, a direct-to-consumer clear aligner company. According to the companies, Dentsply Sirona’s research and development capabilities and commercial expertise will drive Byte’s growth while expanding the market for orthodontic care by connecting additional patients with dental professionals.
Byte’s business model is built on doctor-directed care for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic needs, the companies said, using a nationwide network of licensed dentists and orthodontists. It delivers treatment planning and aligner solutions directly to consumers’ homes.
Byte CEO Neeraj Gunsagar and the company’s existing management team will continue to operate the business.
“We are excited to take the next step in our evolution by bringing Byte into our organization. We have been pleased with the growth of our SureSmile clear aligner business, and we are confident that adding the innovative platform of Byte adds scale for us in the important clear aligner market,” said Don Casey, CEO of Dentsply Sirona.
“We look forward to working with the talented team at Byte as we utilize our collective strengths to expand patient access to quality care and support the success of dental professionals around the world,” Casey said.
“We have been impressed with the passion that Dentsply Sirona has for innovation in dentistry. This combination provides Byte with unmatched resources and R&D capabilities that allow us to reach additional customers and accelerate our mission of changing the world one smile at a time,” said Gunsagar.
“The transaction enhances our ability to offer affordable care to patients and increased awareness of the overall benefits of oral care. Our team is committed to driving our strong growth, and we are delighted to join the Dentsply Sirona family as we execute on our shared mission,” said Gunsagar.