LightForce Orthodontics Announces $14 Million Investment
Additional funding will be used to bring customizable 3D-printed brackets to orthodontic practices and patients.
Edited by AM Staff
LightForce’s 3D-printed brackets improve the orthodontic experience for both patients and doctors.
LightForce Orthodontics, makers of the world’s first and only fully customizable 3D-printed bracket system, has raised a $14 million Series B round led by Tyche Partners with follow-on investment from Matrix Partners and AM Ventures. LightForce enables orthodontists to utilize its 3D-printing technology to create custom braces for each individual patient, significantly reducing the number of adjustment visits needed.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, technology that reduces in-person dental visits is important not only to patients but also to the orthodontists and their teams caring for them. LightForce will use the new funds to further develop its technology and product offerings, as well as to scale operations to meet the recent surge in demand for more efficient dental technologies.
LightForce’s platform enables mass customization to better treat each individual patient through a highly integrated platform that helps orthodontists determine the best treatment plans and create each patient’s unique bracket system. Orthodontists who treat patients with LightForce technology begin the process by sending LightForce technicians a scan of the patient’s teeth and their treatment plan. The LightForce team then creates the fully customized brackets and trays and sends it directly to the practice for the orthodontist to efficiently bond to the patient’s teeth via trays.
LightForce technology uses ceramic material virtually identical to familiar injection molded brackets, but is specially formulated for 3D printing. According to the company, the technology elevates the standard for precision and efficiency for today’s orthodontic appliances, while also offering patients a new aesthetic option.
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