The Role of 3D Printing in Orthodontics

Two young engineers preparing a 3D printerSince dentists and orthodontists started incorporating 3D printing technology into their practice, they have reduced the risks and costs of failure. Moreover, they have also provided patients with a better clinical experience.

Here are more reasons dental technicians like Orthodenco Orthodontic Lab are taking advantage of 3D printing for orthodontics.

It improves diagnosis and treatment.

3D imaging is repetitive; thus, providing accurate and consistent images. It gives the dental technician a view of your dental anatomy from all angles, while also highlighting the areas that need treatment. This way, a patient can trust that the orthodontist recommends the right orthodontic appliances to wear.

The probability of success of a treatment method is also high, which gives medical practitioners confidence when placing implants, preparing for teeth extractions, and evaluating root canals.

It saves time.

On your dental visit, the orthodontist will perform an intra-oral scanning. He or she will then send the digital copy to a 3D printing company or dental lab within minutes. Once the technician on the other side receives the digital copy, he or she will begin working to create a 3D model. The technician does not have to work with grinding dust or plaster since the copy is digital.

A superior alternative

3D printing is a stable alternative to building plaster models. The lines of these 3D models have a precise definition, and the dental technician no longer needs to worry about dismantling them. In comparison to a milled model, a 3D model reveals details in high quality. Moreover, 3D models have a gingiva mask that imitates the human gum, and the dental technician can work on it as he would on a patient’s mouth.

Without a shred of a doubt, 3D printing is the future for orthodontics. The different opportunities 3D technology offers to patients, dentists and orthodontists are making the dental experience a lot easier.