We entered this partnership to significantly increase our distribution and sales capabilities in the U.S. and Canadian markets
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 17, 2009
Snap-On Smile (http://www.snaponsmile.com), the award-winning innovative dental products company focused on developing and manufacturing new products that improve patients' lives, today announced a partnership with Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets, for the distribution of the Snap-On Smile® dental restorative appliance, an exciting new non-invasive, low cost treatment for patients.
"We entered this partnership to significantly increase our distribution and sales capabilities in the U.S. and Canadian markets," said Adam Cotumaccio, President and CEO of Snap-On Smile. "Establishing relationships and working with best-in-class partners such as Henry Schein is a critical step to creating broader acceptance of our products in the dental community. Snap-On Smile has changed the lives of thousands of patients, boosting their confidence and self-esteem; now with the Henry Schein relationship we have the ability to offer our transformative products to a broader patient base - - and that's good news for everyone."
In addition to the exclusive distribution of the appliance, Henry Schein will exclusively distribute the Snap-On Smile Practice Development Kit. This innovative collection of educational resources, patient marketing materials and adjustment and finishing tools will make it easy for dentists to quickly begin offering Snap-On Smile to their patients.
"We are committed to providing our dental customers with the widest possible range of innovative products and services for helping to grow their practice and deliver quality care, and our partnership with Snap-On Smile certainly advances this goal," said Tim Sullivan, President of Henry Schein Dental. "The Snap-On Smile® appliance is a unique and affordable solution for many patients, including those who may be fearful of dental procedures, and we believe that our exclusive offering of this product and Practice Development Kit will be received enthusiastically by our customers."
The Snap-On Smile® appliance was developed by Dr. Marc Liechtung, a cosmetic and restorative dentist for 20 years and the owner of a New York City dental practice. Dr. Liechtung spent eight years developing the appliance and began offering it to patients in 2004.
About Snap-On Smile
Snap-On Smile is an innovative dental products company focused on developing revolutionary new products that improve patients' lives. The company's flagship product is the Snap-On Smile® appliance, a patented restorative dental appliance that transforms smiles in just two 20-minute visits that require no prepping, no injections and no adhesives. Its cutting-edge design is flexible, incredibly strong, and snaps right over a patient's natural teeth, making it ideal for solving a wide variety of short- and long-term clinical challenges. The Snap-On Smile® appliance is easily removable, completely reversible and is an excellent option for patients looking for a non-invasive, affordable approach to restorative and cosmetic dentistry. For more information about Snap-On Smile visit http://www.snaponsmile.com
About Henry Schein
Henry Schein, a Fortune 500(R) company and a member of the NASDAQ 100(R) Index, is recognized for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices. The Company's four business groups - Dental, Medical, International and Technology - serve more than 550,000 customers worldwide, including dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices and animal health clinics, as well as government and other institutions. The Company operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 200 countries with a comprehensive selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items.
Henry Schein also offers a wide range of innovative value-added practice solutions for healthcare professionals, such as ArubA(R), the Company's electronic catalog and ordering system. Its leading practice-management software solutions have an installed user base of more than 52,000 practices, including DENTRIX(R), Easy Dental(R), Oasis(R) and EXACT(R) for dental practices, MicroMD(R) for physician practices, and AVImark(R) for animal health clinics. Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs over 12,000 people and has operations or affiliates in 23 countries. The Company's net sales reached a record $5.9 billion in 2007. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at http://www.henryschein.com.