Dental CAD/CAM Pioneer Now Taking a Leadership Role
In Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence
CHARLOTTE, NC – June 17, 2008 – Sirona Dental Systems, LLC (NASDAQ: SIRO), the company that pioneered digital impressions more than 20 years ago, and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, today announced that it has become an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation (AACDCF) Diamond Sponsor and Advisory Council Member. AACDCF’s primary program Give Back A Smile (GBAS) provides free consultation and dental treatment to restore the smiles of domestic violence survivors.
“It is unfortunate and appalling that each year more than five million people in the United States become victims of domestic violence,” said Sirona Dental Systems, LLC USA President Michael Augins. “Sirona strongly supports the efforts of AACD member dentists nationwide who volunteer their time, expertise and materials to restore the smiles of domestic violence survivors who have experienced dental trauma. For many of these survivors, a restored smile can represent a big step in physical and psychological recovery.”
Since its inception in 2001, the GBAS program has enabled participating AACD dentists to complete more than 600 dental restoration cases for survivors of domestic violence for a total dollar value of over $5 million. “Sirona’s generous contribution is greatly
appreciated and clearly demonstrates the company’s commitment to the AACDCF and GBAS,” said AACDCF Director Erin Roberts.
As a member of the AACDCF Advisory Council, Sirona joins a group of dental industry luminaries and domestic violence experts who will serve as a think tank to develop new strategies and tactics for the following areas:
• Increasing public awareness of domestic violence
• Raising additional funding for AACDCF and GBAS
• Develop a program to assist dental offices in early detection of domestic violence.
The AACDCF Advisory Council will present its recommendations and findings before the AACDCF Board of Trustees.
“We are honored to be a part of this advisory council of esteemed experts,” said Augins. “We look forward to working together to raise awareness for domestic violence, help its victims recover and ultimately help prevent it from occurring.”
About Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
Recognized as a leading global manufacturer of technologically advanced, high-quality dental equipment, Sirona has served equipment dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 125 years. Sirona develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration equipment (CEREC® and inLab®), digital and film-based intraoral, panoramic and cephalometric X-ray imaging systems, dental treatment centers and handpieces. Sirona’s worldwide headquarters is located in Bensheim, Germany, with U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit http://www.sirona.com for more information about Sirona and its products.
About the AACD
The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics and function. Made up of over 8,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries around the globe, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities; promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential; serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas; and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession. The AACDCF’s primary program, GBAS™, is dedicated to providing cosmetic dental care at no cost to survivors of domestic violence. GBAS raises awareness of domestic violence and gives survivors hope for a better tomorrow – truly something to smile about.