Vident began in 1984 as the brainchild of three gentlemen from a dental company called Unitek: Wayne Whitehill, who was the executive vice president, Ray Morrow, the director of research and engineering, and Vern Hale, the product manager for lab products.The dental laboratory industry represents a significant segment of the overall dental industry; lab work consists of producing crowns, bridges, partial and complete dentures and other appliances for utilization by dentists in their treatment of patients. Unitek wanted this business on a global scale, and when they approached VITA about going worldwide with lab products, VITA, who had long-standing agreements with international distributors, declined.