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DynaFlex Announces Acquisition of Gold’n Braces

DynaFlex recently acquired Gold’n Braces, a company best known for gold-plated orthodontic brackets, wires and auxiliary items. Current and new customers can expect to receive the same pricing, products and quality with DynaFlex service. Items can still be ordered online at or, or by calling the customer care team at 866-346-5665. All Gold’n Braces orders will be processed, billed and shipped from Dynaflex headquarters in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

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Aligner Company Candid Shifts Focus to Dentist Network Model

Candid, a clear aligner company, has closed its direct-to-consumer business and its 45 Candid Studios.

The company will now focus on growing its network of CandidPro dentists by partnering with dental practices and DSOs to offer telehealth clear aligner therapy.

Most patients Candid have treated expressed interest in starting their remote clear aligner treatment in the care of a dental professional, and the company responded by focusing on its hybrid remote/in-office model.

By the end of 2022, CandidPro plans to have more than 1,000 offices and a presence in all 50 states.


Great Lakes President and CEO Kunkemoeller To Retire in October

Great Lakes recently shared that James R. Kunkemoeller, the company’s president and CEO, will retire Oct. 31. The search for Kunkemoeller’s replacement will include the evaluation of candidates from both within and outside the company.

Kunkemoeller will continue in his role as chairman of Great Lakes’ board of directors. He joined Great Lakes in 1986 and previously held executive vice president, vice president of sales and marketing, and sales and marketing manager positions.

The company has undergone significant development and progress during Kunkemoeller’s tenure. Great Lakes completed a $5 million building expansion and capital improvement project in 2002, expanded digital technology and manufacturing beginning in 2007, enhanced automation and computer-aided design for digital appliance fabrication, and underwent a major brand transformation when the company changed its name from Great Lakes Orthodontics to Great Lakes Dental Technologies in 2018.

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