Your Guide To 3D Printing in Orthodontics

Have you ever wondered how 3D printing in orthodontics practice works? The video above goes into a step-by-step guide on how 3D printing helps with creating retainers. Let’s go ahead and jump in. 

The first step in this process is to take a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth.

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The reporter then sends the scanned images to the computer, where she edits the images. Here you can see her taking images of the patient’s teeth.

Now that the image of the patient’s teeth is completed, the next step is that the image is then sent to the 3D printing machine. Here the printed version of the teeth is created. Once she has the printed teeth model, she then goes on to demonstrate how she uses the Essex maker and how it forms the retainer around the 3D-printed teeth model.

Lastly, the reporter goes into how 3D printing has had an excellent rate when it comes to creating retainers to fit properly in a patient’s mouth and that they have not had any problems with the accuracy of the printed teeth models. 3D printing has been on the rise for many years and in orthodontic practices being able to print a tooth model to help create a retainer is just the beginning.  .

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