Trust Us for Worry-Free Outcomes

As the largest orthodontic lab in the USA, Specialty Appliances offers dental professionals the best quality customizable orthodontic appliances nationwide. Our priority is ensuring you receive a quality appliance on time for your patient's appointment.

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“Specialty Appliances have been nothing short of professional. Their service is great! I especially like the summary of orders received and their status each week to help keep a record of our cases. The quality is top-notch as well!”

— Harleen G. —

More Than 40 Years
of Excellence

Founded in 1981, Specialty Appliances is known for industry-leading quality, unparalleled customer service, and reliable delivery times. We're ISO-certified and meet FDA standards, unlike many orthodontic labs.

We have rigorous processes and standards that all your appliances must meet before we send them to you. If you need help with a case, our highly experienced team of technicians is here. We have five certified dental technicians and orthodontists on staff to assist in anything that comes your way.

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Creating a Smoother Treatment Experience

When you choose Specialty Appliances, you’ll get a dedicated team of qualified, experienced technicians who make every appliance to the highest standards. Our extensive training gives you peace of mind that you’re getting the best of the best for your patients.

We create products that help you reduce appointment times and number of visits for a smoother treatment experience. Our investment in the latest technologies means you get the best quality appliances at a reasonable cost. Our scale allows us to invest in amazing innovations to improve the field of orthodontics.

Helping You Drive Practice Growth

We are committed to maintaining the same high-quality standards, customer-service mindset, and reliability that have been our hallmarks for over 40 years.

You can rest assured that you made the right choice with Specialty Appliances™. Our appliances help you deliver great clinical outcomes and patient experiences that will drive growth in your practice.


We are the helping hand to the orthodontist (or dentist) to enable them to provide their patients with a perfect smile!

Our commitment to orthodontic practitioners is to:

  • Be fair and transparent
  • Stand by our products and work
  • Do what we say
  • Innovate products and processes
  • Continuously improve
  • Grow your practice
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Company History

Specialty Appliances Company Timeline

Management Team

Specialty Appliances Chidem Chidambaram

Chidam Chidambaram

Chief Executive Officer

Chidam Chidambaram is Chief Executive Officer at Specialty Appliances™. He joined Specialty Appliances™ in November 2022. Before Specialty Appliances™, Chidam spent many years in General Management and Marketing.

He has extensive experience in launching new products worldwide, global advertising, and growing businesses through traditional and direct channels, including digital.

Most recently, at Dentsply Sirona, he was Head of SureSmile globally, growing the business from $20MM to $ 150MM in revenue over two years.

While at Dentsply Sirona, he was also Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, where his team created enterprise digital marketing capability and launched e-commerce websites in many countries worldwide.

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Tim Jackson

Chief Operating Officer

Tim Jackson is the Chief Operating Officer at Specialty Appliances™. He joined Specialty Appliances™ in February of 2021. Prior to Specialty Appliances™, Tim spent many years in Operations and Manufacturing Management.

His previous experience includes many roles across Philips, leading North America Operations for Personal Health, Senior Director of Distribution, and Senior Director of Manufacturing. He has achieved breakthrough results through unshakable belief in Lean methodology and talent cultivation.

Progressive career leading high mix/volume manufacturing, Tim led a strategic partnership with global 3PL and executed a change to move away from high labor warehousing into greenfield new state-of-the-art distribution center.

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Arlen Hurt

Chief Clinical Officer

Arlen graduated from Indiana University in 1984 with a degree in dental laboratory technology. Today, he has 38+ years of experience working and developing solutions for orthodontists. He is a sought-after speaker at orthodontic meetings who is at the forefront of innovation in orthodontics.

Arlen invented the RES™ Expansion screw, Herbst AppleCore Screw, Mini-Palex™ Expansion screw, Leone Half screw, Herbst MiniScope mechanism, M-4 Herbst Mechanism, ROC Crowns, Rapid Molar Distalizer and various orthodontic appliances over the last 38 years.

He is the 2008 NADL Harry Hagman Inventor of the Year award winner. As a Georgia Dental Laboratory Association member for over 20+ years, Arlen has served on all board positions for the GDLA, including serving as President in 2022.

Arlen is passionate about the orthodontic laboratory business and works with doctors and their staff to deliver the best treatment outcomes.

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Ryan Egan

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Egan is the Chief Financial Officer at Specialty Appliances™. He joined Specialty Appliances™ in August 2023. Prior to Specialty Appliances™, Ryan was the CFO of an industrial refrigeration business where he drove all aspects of finance and technology transformation and M&A, which included a successful exit.

Before that, Ryan spent most of his career in various consulting roles, helping clients achieve their financial and strategic goals.

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David Jenkins

Chief Information Officer

David Jenkins is Chief Information Officer at Specialty Appliances™. He joined Specialty Appliances™ in April 2022. Before Specialty Appliances™, David spent over 30 years in Information Technology and business leadership. His previous experiences include large and small laboratories, large technology services companies, and non-profits.

David has extensive experience understanding business needs and delivering technology that enables business growth. In addition to his achievements in technology, David has also been the driving force in four separate start-ups, including a business management consultancy where he was recognized as a Fellow of AInstIB, an international business advisory organization.

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Heather McNeil

Head of Human Resources

Heather McNeil is the Head of Human Resources at Specialty Appliances™. Before beginning her career with Specialty Appliances™, Heather performed accounting roles in the for-profit and non-profit realm while also processing payroll and other HR administrative tasks for non-profit.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Davenport College of Business and received her SHRM-CP certification in December 2016. She joined the company in April 2011 as our HR Administrator/Accountant.

During her first five years with the company, Heather's primary role was managing accounting while handling payroll, benefits administration, job postings, and onboarding.

As the company grew, Heather's role grew as well. She became our HR Manager in July 2016 when she took over talent acquisition and employee relations while still overseeing accounting. In 2020, Heather handed over the accounting duties to focus solely on HR. Since then, she has become our Head of HR.

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Jessica Rothrock

Director of Orthodontic Treatment

Jessica Rothrock is Director of Orthodontic Treatment at Specialty Appliances™. She joined Specialty Appliances™ April 2022. Before Specialty Appliances™, Jessica spent 21 years working in an orthodontic practice. During those 21 years, she worked as a certified orthodontic assistant, front office coordinator, treatment coordinator, and office manager.

Specialty Appliances Balaji Sudabattula

Balaji Sudabattula

Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Balaji Sudabattula is the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Specialty Appliances. He joined Specialty Appliances in September 2023. Before Specialty Appliances, Balaji worked in start-ups to multi-billion-dollar medical device companies.

Balaji comes to Specialty with a wealth of quality and regulatory affairs knowledge. Balaji has a Master's in Engineering Management Science from Wichita State University and an MBA from Xavier University.

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Carlos Claudio

Director of Operations

Carlos Claudio is the Director of Operations at Specialty Appliances™. Carlos joined Specialty Appliances™ in 2023. Prior to joining Specialty Appliances, Carlos spent over 25 years in operations with Tesla, Panasonic and Cintas. He is Six Sigma certified and a certified ISO 13485 auditor. Carlos Claudio graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Operations and is currently working on his masters degree.

Specialty Appliances Tech Representatives

Tech Reps

Our tech representatives are here to address any technical questions you may have. Tech reps help ensure that you receive high-quality products that exceed your expectations.