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Planmeca makes strategic investment in E4D technologies
Planmeca makes strategic investment in E4D technologies
Planmeca makes strategic investment in E4D technologies

 HELSINKI, Finland: Planmeca recently announced that it has made a non-controlling, strategic investment in E4D Technologies, LLC. This investment reinforces Planmeca’s on-going commitment to help dental providers improve patient care by offering a comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital dental solutions for dentists and dental laboratories.

Planmeca, the world’s largest privately owned dental imaging company and equipment manufacturer, will co-develop CAD/CAM products with E4D Technologies, developer of the E4D CAD/CAM Restorative System, and offer these products in North America under the brand names Planmeca PlanScan-E4D Technologies and PlanMill-E4D Technologies. Henry Schein, Inc. will continue to be the exclusive distributor in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Planmeca will expand distribution of the E4D system to more than 120 additional international markets under the Planmeca PlanScan and PlanMill brands. In certain other markets, the E4D brand will remain in use.

“Planmeca’s investment in E4D Technologies offers us an opportunity to grow our company globally,” said Dr. Gary Severance, Chief Marketing Officer for E4D Technologies. “In addition, Planmeca has been a market leader in extra-oral digital imaging for many years, and we look forward to furthering the seamless integration of our CAD/CAM platform with the additional digital solutions offered by Planmeca. Our customers will benefit from the combination of these unique and innovative products and services.”

Under the new agreement, Planmeca joins the partnership of Henry Schein and Ivoclar Vivadent, who have been strategic equity partners in E4D Technologies since 2007, along with certain members of E4D Technologies’ senior management team.

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Planmeca makes strategic investment in E4D technologies

 HELSINKI, Finland: Planmeca recently announced that it has made a non-controlling, strategic investment in E4D Technologies, LLC. This investment reinforces Planmeca’s on-going commitment to help dental providers improve patient care by offering a comprehensive portfolio of integrated digital dental solutions for dentists and dental laboratories.

Planmeca, the world’s largest privately owned dental imaging company and equipment manufacturer, will co-develop CAD/CAM products with E4D Technologies, developer of the E4D CAD/CAM Restorative System, and offer these products in North America under the brand names Planmeca PlanScan-E4D Technologies and PlanMill-E4D Technologies. Henry Schein, Inc. will continue to be the exclusive distributor in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Planmeca will expand distribution of the E4D system to more than 120 additional international markets under the Planmeca PlanScan and PlanMill brands. In certain other markets, the E4D brand will remain in use.

“Planmeca’s investment in E4D Technologies offers us an opportunity to grow our company globally,” said Dr. Gary Severance, Chief Marketing Officer for E4D Technologies. “In addition, Planmeca has been a market leader in extra-oral digital imaging for many years, and we look forward to furthering the seamless integration of our CAD/CAM platform with the additional digital solutions offered by Planmeca. Our customers will benefit from the combination of these unique and innovative products and services.”

Under the new agreement, Planmeca joins the partnership of Henry Schein and Ivoclar Vivadent, who have been strategic equity partners in E4D Technologies since 2007, along with certain members of E4D Technologies’ senior management team.

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AAO reminds families about changes in FSA rules
AAO reminds families about changes in FSA rules
AAO reminds families about changes in FSA rules

Beginning in 2013, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 125 to lower the annual limit for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to $2,500 for the first plan year beginning after Dec. 31, 2012. (Photo: www.sxc.hu)

by Dental Tribune America


ST. LOUIS, Mo., USA: For families considering orthodontic treatment, using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has traditionally been a great way to help pay for treatment with tax-free dollars. These accounts, which are offered to approximately 14 million Americans through their employers, allow workers to set aside funds in a tax-free account and use them for non-covered medical expenses, such as deductibles, co-pays and medical services like orthodontics, dental and eye care.

However, significant cuts to the program are hurting families’ ability to pay for out-of-pocket expenses.


“More than 60 percent of orthodontic patients use FSAs to pay for treatment,” said Gayle Glenn, DDS, MSD, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO.) Prior to the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service permitted employers to enact any maximum annual election for their employees.

Most companies allowed employees to set aside up to $5,000. But beginning in 2013, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 125 to lower the annual limit to $2,500 for the first plan year beginning after Dec. 31, 2012.

“Families with children and adults considering orthodontic treatment need to be aware of this change and adjust their financial plans accordingly,” Glenn said. “For many people, this represents a 50 percent reduction in benefits.” 


According to Glenn, there is a small silver lining. “The IRS recently issued a new ruling which allows account holders to roll over up $500 into the following year,” she said. “This helps ease the restrictive ‘use-it-or lose it’ requirements.”


Many companies are currently engaged in open enrollment for FSAs. Families and individuals who are considering orthodontic treatment are encouraged to review the new rules carefully before making their choices.

“Many AAO-member orthodontists offer flexible payment plans,” said Glenn. “If you or your child need to begin treatment, consult an orthodontist to help you maximize these important accounts.”

(Source: AAO)

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AAO reminds families about changes in FSA rules

Beginning in 2013, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 125 to lower the annual limit for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to $2,500 for the first plan year beginning after Dec. 31, 2012. (Photo: www.sxc.hu)

by Dental Tribune America


ST. LOUIS, Mo., USA: For families considering orthodontic treatment, using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has traditionally been a great way to help pay for treatment with tax-free dollars. These accounts, which are offered to approximately 14 million Americans through their employers, allow workers to set aside funds in a tax-free account and use them for non-covered medical expenses, such as deductibles, co-pays and medical services like orthodontics, dental and eye care.

However, significant cuts to the program are hurting families’ ability to pay for out-of-pocket expenses.


“More than 60 percent of orthodontic patients use FSAs to pay for treatment,” said Gayle Glenn, DDS, MSD, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO.) Prior to the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service permitted employers to enact any maximum annual election for their employees.

Most companies allowed employees to set aside up to $5,000. But beginning in 2013, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 125 to lower the annual limit to $2,500 for the first plan year beginning after Dec. 31, 2012.

“Families with children and adults considering orthodontic treatment need to be aware of this change and adjust their financial plans accordingly,” Glenn said. “For many people, this represents a 50 percent reduction in benefits.” 


According to Glenn, there is a small silver lining. “The IRS recently issued a new ruling which allows account holders to roll over up $500 into the following year,” she said. “This helps ease the restrictive ‘use-it-or lose it’ requirements.”


Many companies are currently engaged in open enrollment for FSAs. Families and individuals who are considering orthodontic treatment are encouraged to review the new rules carefully before making their choices.

“Many AAO-member orthodontists offer flexible payment plans,” said Glenn. “If you or your child need to begin treatment, consult an orthodontist to help you maximize these important accounts.”

(Source: AAO)

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